Shopping colourful vegan jumpers is always a good way to spend a cold and rainy day.

Nothing quite beats a good excuse to hunker down, pile on the layers, drink endless cups of steaming hot tea and shop online for a bit of well-deserved self-indulgence.

While most of us would rather be on the hunt for a new pair of flip-flops and floaty dresses, cosy new jumpers are staying firmly in the wardrobe for the next few chilly months ahead. However, there are a few reasons why we really should be considering purchasing man-made fibres over wool, aside from wooly jumpers being unbearably itchy, it can be an unspeakably cruel process.

Knowing where and how the wool used to make the jumper you’re wearing is extremely important. Only 2% of the world’s wool is actually produced Britain. The leading provider of wool is Australia, followed by China, America and New Zealand. Importing wool from overseas not only has an impact on the environment but animal welfare standards tend to be much lower in some of these countries too.

The Independent recently reported that a wool jumper is just as cruel as mink coat. The article shared video footage released by Peta, filmed by investigators in over 30 farms and wool sheds in America and Australia, highlighting the most horrendous cruelty to innocent and gentle sheep, all for the sake of a wooly jumper.

Vegan Wool Alternatives

When there are so many high quality, affordable, vegan jumpers available, it’s simply unjustifiable to choose the crueler option.

These are so many gorgeous, cruetly free and vegan knitwears available on the high street and online … the only problem is choosing which one to treat yourself to!

Textured Knit Cardigan in Pink, H&M

Soft Effect Knit Sweater, Zara

Pure Cotton Block Jumper, M&S

Organic Cotton Turtleneck Jumper, & Other Stories

Organic Cotton Rainbow Stripe Jumper, Hush

Pink Chunky Roll Neck Jumper, Mint Velvet

Check out the Not To Die For vegan business directory for a list of vegan fashion brands.