In May this year, the European Vegetarian Union certified all of Ipeker Textile’s 146 fabrics as vegan. The company is the first V-labelled fabric producer in the world.
Ipeker, which is based in Bursa, Turkey, is a family owned business which was founded in 1930. The company produces sustainable fabrics which are made from a whole range of yarns including viscose, cotton and linen.
Many commercial fabrics contain hidden animal-derived products such as duffel, cashmere or felt. As such, these fabrics are not vegan.
In 2015, Ipeker announced that its green operations saved over 400,000 trees and as such, they won an award for commitment to the environment. Ipeker have said: “Our best design is the clean environment that we leave behind.”
H&M, MaxMara, Zara and Mango have all used fabrics from the company and the Turkish Company exports its product to over 50 different companies around the world.
A spokesman from Ipeker told a reporter: “We have documented that there are no animal ingredients or proteins in the 146 different types of fabric we produce. In our production process, we provide continuity without harming nature and life.”