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. These watches use high-quality vegan leather, Piñatex (a leather made from pineapple waste, maintain with clear dubbin and leave the waxed strap in a warm location for 24 hours, before buffing with a soft cloth). You can now also buy watches made from medical-grade silicone (sand) which are lightweight and comfortable.
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 Luxury Vegan Leather Watches 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. Also sold at Not On the High Street and their own site sells straps. They feature quick-release pins that can work with other brands, if all you need to replace is the watch strap.
- 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.
- 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 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.