Welcome to the website of Amour de la Terre. As the first boutique of its kind in the United States, you may be wondering what we’re all about. Below you’ll hopefully find the answers to any questions you might have.
Q: What does “Amour de la Terre” mean?
A: “Amour de la Terre” is French for “Love of the Earth”.
Q: So, what makes this boutique different?
A: This boutique was created out of love for all of the Earth; the land and resources, as well as all of the animals and humans who inhabit it. The shoes and accessories in our boutique are from companies who are all vegan, all have an eco-mindset, and produce only under ethical standards.
Q: So what are “vegan shoes”? I thought vegan was a diet.
A: The word “vegan” can refer to the way a person eats, but the word also encompasses a lifestyle that avoids exploiting animals for food, clothing or entertainment.
Our favorite explanation of the word “vegan” comes by way of Karrel Christopher:
“Being a Vegan is NOT a DIET. It is NOT a religion, political party, elite group, club or cult. It is a conscious, responsible, ethical decision; to make every reasonable effort to live and enjoy life without harming, enslaving, exploiting, depleting, contaminating and killing.”
Q: Do I need to be vegan to shop here?
A: Of course not! We welcome anyone with a love of shoes, the environment, animals or humans in the boutique. (Though, we admit, we hope we encourage you to do some pondering.)
Q: So there is no leather sold here? What are the shoes made of then?
A: Each of the amazing companies sold at Amour de la Terre use a variety of materials more eco-friendly than leather. Some of the materials include organic cottons, hemp, canvas, microfibers and recycled or reclaimed materials.
Q: I thought leather was a byproduct of the meat industry, so wouldn’t the skins just get thrown away if we didn’t use them for leather? I thought leather was actually an environmentally friendly and natural material.
A: Leather is anything but natural and environmentally friendly. For animal skins to not decompose, they enduring the tanning process which uses over 200 toxic chemicals, some of which are lead, cyanide, formaldehyde and arsenic. The chemicals make the hide no longer organic, so it never decomposes. The tanning process wastes thousands of gallons of water, produces thousands of pounds of toxic waste, contaminates the groundwater near tanneries and causes an increased risk of cancer in leather-tannery workers.
Q: Do I need to be 100% with my avoiding leather products to make a difference?
A: Of course not! And we also do not recommend running home to throw away all the leather products you currently own. The more you avoid leather though, the better for the earth and all it’s inhabitants!
If you have any other questions, please feel free to stop by the boutique and inquire. Thanks for visiting our website and we hope to see you soon!