Where to Find a Vegan Watch
Would you like to know where to find a vegan watch? A vegan watch is made with high quality straps that are free from leather, which is often made in countries with poor welfare laws (for both animals and humans). The tanning process is also extremely polluting to our planet. So although vegan leather is not yet totally biodegradable, it’s still far less polluting than conventional leather, and obviously more kind.
These watches are made from PVC-free vegan leathers (some of which use up waste from pineapple and apple harvests) and others are made from silicone (which looks and feels like plastic, but lasts much longer and does not quickly break down into microplastics, the cause of so much harm to marine wildlife). Maintain most of them with clear dubbin and leave the waxed strap in a warm location for 24 hours (before buffing with a soft cloth).
Whichever watch you choose, at present there are few that run on solar power (one does, but the strap is leather). So for now, they use watch batteries. Small watch batteries are a choking hazard for children and pets. So never leave them lying around. You can recycle watch batteries at jewellery shops, and unwanted watches at Watches for Charity (the money raised from scrap metal helps to fund nurses who visit terminally ill patients).
Votch Vegan Leather Watches
Votch (also sold at WEARTH London) is a brand of luxury vegan watches, sold in many styles and colours (pink, tan, black and some for men and petite wrists). Laura founded the brand after being in hospital with a painful skin condition, and vowed to do something to save animals, when she got better. A portion of each sale is given to help animals in need.
These watches feature quick-release pins that can work with other brands, if all you need to replace is the watch strap. The classic designs feature vegan leather straps, and white dials with brushed gold indexes and hands, and a PU vegan leather strap that has some water resistance.
All watches are packed in beautiful easy-to-recycle gift packaging, and shipped worldwide, with fast delivery. Makes the ideal gift for the special someone in your life. You can also buy just the straps, if you already have a working watch, to avoid waste.
The straps and watches are also available in Petite versions for small wrists, and pretty pink colours, for the lady in your life. You can also recycle any used watch (not just theirs) with them, and this generates a 15% discount on your Votch watch. If you are a member of Student Beans, you also qualify for a 20% discount.
Vegan Watches from Barcelona
Hurtig Lane (Spain) offers beautiful vegan watches, in unique designs. The vegan leather straps are made with cotton fibre woven with PU (no PVC). All shipped in environmentally-friendly packaging. Again, you can just update your present watch with one of their straps if preferred.
This company offer quite the charm with square watches, ‘ethical mesh’ and even rubber watches (made with silicone, these are ideal to allow skin to breathe, while wearing). Some of the watches are offered in 8 colours. Free worldwide shipping on all orders.
Scandinavian-Inspired Vegan Watches
CHPO makes beautiful vegan watches, inspired by their Scandinavian heritage (the company is based in Stockholm). With quality and style, these ethical watches work each season with charities, to give all profits to a particular cause. This beautiful Harold Watch (below) features a vegan leather strap and gold bezel and white dial. Unisex. Sold with a 2-year guarantee, it’s delivered in a branded cardboard box. Not water-resistant.
Buddhist-Inspired Silicone Watches
Ksana makes these lovely Buddhist-inspired vegan watches, named after the Buddhist concept for ‘time’. This conscious brand also donates 1% of sales to environmental causes. And the used straps (made from medical grade silicone: sand) are made into solar panels.
Packed in easy-to-recycle cardboard, silicone straps are lightweight and comfortable. And if your watch did get lost, silicone does not break down into millions of ‘microplastics’ like plastic, so less likely to cause harm to wildlife.