Vegan Mark Verification Program for Apparel and Footwear
Intertek’s Vegan Mark enables apparel, footwear, and accessories products retailers, brands, and manufacturers to promote their products as being free of materials of animal origin, and can be used to help consumers make educated decisions about the fashion products they purchase
Intertek developed a protocol for testing to obtain the Vegan Mark. Many of the Vegan Mark certifications currently available in the market are backed by supplier declarations. The additional step of testing ensures that the product also meets the claims and gives the consumer an additional level of trust.
The testing protocol includes:
- Declaration by applicant
- Screening of animal fiber
- Screening of material by FTIR
- Chemical test on animal tracer
The added step of testing enables brands and manufacturers to assure products and materials meant to imitate real animal products, like faux fur, are synthetic or use plant-derived material. The Vegan Mark can be placed on packaging, labels, or products that are made with vegan materials to help consumers easily identify the products’ attributes when purchasing.