I’ve wanted to write a post about vegan belts for a while, and I finally got around to doing it. It’s fun to see this accessory, which is so commonly made of leather, now be available in a wide range of cruelty-free materials.
In addition to being animal-friendly, most of the vegan belts profiled here are made with Earth-friendly materials, such as hemp and cork, as well recycled plastic, vintage automotive upholstery, bicycle tires, and more. (And the cowgirl in me had to throw in a few western styles.)
So, whether you’re looking for a little extra style or your pants are falling down, I hope you enjoy these vegan belts!
Upcycled and Recycled Vegan Belts
Famous for their ultra-cool vegan and upcycled guitar straps, Couch has a line of belts that are super hip too. Made with upcycled materials, like vintage automotive upholstery, each belt is handmade in Couch’s workshop in Long Beach, California.
Couch also makes some great recycled wallets, which I feature on UniGuide.
This western vegan belt is made with vintage auto upholstery vinyl and it has a custom steel buckle and steel eyelets.
Available colors: black and brown
This sage green belt is made with perforated mid-70s muscle car automotive vinyl. According to Couch, it harkens to a time when El Caminos, Dodge Chargers, Firebirds, and Torinos ruled the road. This style of perforated vinyl was used in a number of cars of that era, and most certainly in El Caminos.
The steel buckle is removable, so you can easily replace it with another buckle of your choice.
All of Couch’s products are vegan and handmade in sweatshop-free conditions in the USA.
I first discovered Landfill Dzine when doing research for my recycled flip flops post. Their flip flops are super popular with UniGuide visitors, so I was psyched to see this cool vegan belt that’s also made with reclaimed industrial hoses.
Landfill Dzine’s founders, husband and wife team Josh and Heather Carpenter, started the company from the family’s recycling center, which served the agricultural industry.
This vegan and eco-friendly belt is super durable, as it’s made from irrigation hoses, and it has a heavy-duty metal buckle and metal eyelets.
Here’s another great belt that’s made from upcycled hoses. In this case, it’s fire fighter hoses.
Available colors: black and white, green and white, and red and white
Rachel White of Recycled Vegan and TuC is a big recycling advocate. She makes wallets, belts, and other accessories out of reclaimed materials, including tires, hoses, and coffee bean sacks. And everything she makes is 100% vegan.
Jelt is a new socially conscious brand I’ve discovered that makes stretchy belts from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The belts have an 80s retro look and a simple, understated buckle. Jelt’s belts come in a variety of colors.
Jelt is a certified B Corporation and a member of 1% for the Planet, which means a portion of your sale will go toward supporting environmental charities. In addition, Jelt donates a portion of their proceeds to supporting children’s and veterans’ causes.
All of their belts re made in the USA in the beautiful state of Montana.
Plus, they take their cool vegan belts to a whole new level by including a buckle that doubles as a bottle opener. Don’t we all need one of these belts?
The belt pictured below is their wave print belt. Be sure to visit their Amazon store to see more styles, plus a couple more are featured below.
(And if you want more data on why it’s so important to recycle plastic water bottles, check out my post on why plastic water bottles are bad.
Here’s another colorful vegan belt from C4 that’s made with 100% recycled plastic.
Recycled Tire Belts
Used tires are a real scourge on the environment because there are tons of them and they don’t decompose. They also emit toxic fumes when burned. Luckily, tires can be recycled and turned into things like carpet pads and padding in children’s playgrounds. Or, they can be upcycled!
I love when upcycled products look like where they came from, and these bicycle tire belts fit the bill.
Based in Appel, Germany, Rebelt makes unique belts from reclaimed bicycle tires that have a cool, rugged look.
Based in Budapest, Hungary, Felvarrom makes their vegan belts with upcycled bicycle inner tubes that they finish with colorful webbing. The look is topped off with a shiny, flat metal buckle. Each belt comes with its own bag that’s also made with tire inner tubes.
Velo Culture creates their upcycled vegan belts using the entire bicycled inner tube. Colorful top stitching completes the look. If you have a specific color combo in mind, just message them through their Etsy store and they’ll custom-stitch a belt according to your specifications.
Faux Leather Belts
Will’s designs stylish vegan shoes and boots, which I feature here on UniGuide. And now they offer stylish vegan belts to go with their shoes. Will’s is one of my favorite brands because not only are they 100% vegan, all of their products are ethically and sustainably made.
Their workers are protected by EU health, safety, anti-discrimination, and other employment protection laws, and they get benefits including PTO, equal pay, and maternity leave.
And the faux leather and other materials used in Will’s products meet the OEKO-TEX® textile standard, which ensures that textiles and the materials used in them meet strict consumer safety guidelines.
Taking it to the next level, Will’s utilizes a carbon-neutral supply chain and their operations are carbon neutral. Will’s invests in renewable energy projects, like wind power, hydro power, geothermal, solar power, and biomass to offset their emissions.
This men’s blue vegan suede belt is a standout that will look great with jeans or something dressier.
If you’re on a budget, this functional faux leather belt is a great option. It has a classic look with a double ring buckle.
Available colors: black, tan, and brown
Vegan Western Belts
Vegan western belts – this one was a toughie. As a girl who was raised in both Texas and Colorado (and a big lover of country music), I have a penchant for western wear. But finding western belts that don’t have any leather can be a challenge. It’s a bit odd to me, since I had no problem finding vegan cowboy boots, which I feature here on UniGuide. But it appears that the western belt design community still have some catching up to do!
If you’re the kind of cowgirl who likes a little sparkle, you’ll love this rhinestone-studded belt. It’s got a PU faux leather strap.
Available colors: black, brown, and white
Concho belts have traditionally been made by Navajo Native Americans. Though, the Navajo quite possibly got their inspiration from another culture, as metalsmithing is a folk art that’s been passed down from generation to generation for eons.
Genuine concho belts are made with sterling silver and turquoise stone. I would love to feature some here, but it’s nearly impossible to find them without leather straps. (Though I offer a vegan workaround suggestion below.)
I was happy to find this chain concho belt that’s all metal with no leather. While it’s not sterling silver with genuine turquoise, the price is a bargain compared to real concho belts, which can run in the thousands of dollars.
This lovely belt will look great with a simple dress, a tunic top and jeans, or a cowgirl skirt. It has a clasp hook, so you can adjust the length to work with a variety of looks.
I found a vendor on Etsy, Designed in LA, which sells some vegan faux leather straps. (Warning before clicking, there are some kinky photos that go along with “leather straps,” even the vegan leather variety.)
Once you have your faux leather belt strap, you can add your own buckle and conchos.
You can find a few conchos on Etsy, plus some beautiful sterling silver buckles. And eBay is a great source for Native American silverwork.
Vegan Hemp Belts
I’m guessing that the first belt ever made was made from a vine, and shortly thereafter, one was created with hemp. (Though, I guess belts were also made with animal skin, which is why leather belts persist today.) But who needs leather when you have so many other cruelty-free materials to choose from?
This eco-friendly belt is handwoven with colorful hemp threads. Hemp is naturally resistant to ultraviolet rays and it gets softer with age, which makes it an ideal material for clothing and hats. And its durability and antimicrobial properties make it a great material for not only belts, but shoes as well.
If you love the natural look of hemp, check out this braided belt that’s made with 100% organic hemp. Its buckle made with natural coconut shell, which completes the Earthy look. This belt is handmade in the USA.
Hempy’s is a brand that I’ve featured before on UniGuide in my posts about hemp hats and vegan wallets. As their name implies, they make a variety of products out of vegan and sustainable hemp. This Cub Scout style belt is made in the USA. You can cut it down to get the perfect fit.
Available colors: green, blue, black, gray, natural, and orange
Vegan Rope Belts
For a more subtle look, a rope belt can add a new dimension to a simple dress, or even look great with jeans. Reason to Be Pretty is the New York-based jewelry and accessories designer that handmade the ivory belt you see in the top photo.
Etsy features a number of vegan rope belts, and you can also find a variety of styles, like the red one picture below, on Amazon.
Vegan Cork Belts
Like hemp, cork is another wonderful natural material that’s giving leather a run for its money. In fact, I often hear it referred to as “cork leather” because cork can be used in so many products that are traditionally made of leather, including belts, handbags, and wallets.
As their name implies, Corkor is a brand that makes stylish accessories from sustainable and vegan cork. They offer wide and narrow style women’s vegan belts in tan and brown.
Corkor men’s vegan belts have the rugged look of leather while being eco-friendly and cruelty-free. Their men’s styles come in brown and black.
Trade in House is another great brand that makes high-quality vegan accessories for women and men out of eco-friendly cork. Be sure to visit their Etsy story to see more styles.