PETA has named ‘A Place in the Sun’ presenter Jasmine Harman as ‘influencer of the year’ at its annual Vegan Homeware Awards in London on the strength of her “all-vegan living room makeover”.
In a statement provided to Newsflash, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) said: “Leather made from cactus and pineapple leaves, duvets crafted from recycled bottles, and even an eco-friendly dog bed snagged prizes in PETA’s fifth annual Vegan Homeware Awards, which recognise the designers and brands meeting the skyrocketing demand for sustainable, compassionate decor.
“A Place in the Sun host Jasmine Harman won this year’s Influencer Award for her headline-grabbing all-vegan living room makeover.”
The all-vegan living room featured in Hello! magazine last November. Harman, 45, has presented Channel 4’s ‘A Place in the Sun’ with Jonnie Irwin, 47, since 2004.
The statement also said that “Aline Duerr’s show-to guide Vegan Interior Design took home the Essential Reading Award”.
“The Innovation Award went to Gus Modern for its luxurious AppleSkin Leather designs made from upcycled apple cores and peels, and the Material Award went to Desserto for its eco-friendly cactus leather.
“Other winners include Sedna, which took home the Best Wool-Free Carpet award for its luxurious carpet made with ocean plastic waste; Duvet Hog’s fluffy Original Eco-Friendly Vegan Duvet made from recycled plastic bottles, which snagged the title of Best Down-Free Bedding; Vegan Haven’s cheery Ceylon Hortus cushion, which won Best Feather-Free Cushion; H&M, which won Best Wool-Free Rug for its earth-toned organic all-cotton design; and Koala, whose cork sofa took the title of Best Leather-Free Sofa.
“The White Company won Best Faux-Fur Throw for its Super-Soft collection; Project Blu nabbed Best Companion Animal Accessory for its Danube Eco Dog Bed, made from recycled polyester; and Find took home the Best Beeswax-Free Candles award for its CalmLight essential oil candle, made from plant-based wax.”
PETA Director of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor said: “No kind person today would dream of dragging a sofa made of cows’ skin or a pillow stuffed with a goose’s feathers into their home.”
She added: “PETA is celebrating the trendsetting brands that are creating the stylish, animal-friendly designs that today’s compassionate consumers want.”
The statement also said: “PETA exposes have revealed that animals killed for leather endure castration, branding, and tail-docking, all without painkillers; terrified geese are live-plucked for their feathers; and for wool, workers punch, kick, and even kill gentle sheep in shearing sheds.
“Vegan home furnishings are far kinder to animals and have a much smaller carbon footprint than those made from animal-derived materials, as animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change.”