IKEA and Habitat among winners of PETA Vegan Homeware Awards 2018
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IKEA, Anthropologie and Habitat among winners of PETA Vegan Homeware Awards 2018

A faux-sheepskin rug from IKEA and a "dolly wool" sofa from Anthropologie are among the winners in an awards programme that celebrates the UK's best vegan design for the home.

The second edition of the PETA Vegan Homeware Awards 2018 saw prizes awarded in 10 very specific categories, including Best Animal-Companion Home Accessory and Best Vegan Candle.

Winners included high-street retailers Habitat, Zara Home and The White Company, as well as designer Erez Nevi Pana and influencer Suszi Saunders.

PETA awards Anthropologie, IKEA and Zara for best vegan design
IKEA was given the prize for Best Faux-Sheepskin Rug for its "soft and warm" Fårdrup rug

Swedish furniture giant IKEA was given the prize for Best Faux-Sheepskin Rug for the second year in a row, with its "soft and warm" Fårdrup rug.

Habitat also repeated its success of last year, winning Best Vegan Bedding for its down-free range of duvets and pillows.

Fashion and homeware brand Anthropologie won Best Vegan Sofa for its turquoise Angelina seat, made from an artificial wool that claims to be hard-wearing and fire-resistant, while Zara Home won Best Wool-Free Blanket for a "funky crocheted" textile that is 100 per cent acrylic.

PETA awards Anthropologie, IKEA and Zara for best vegan design
The White Company won the prize for Best Silk-Free Sheets for its Camborne Bed Linen Collection

The award for Best Feather-Free Cushion went to Weaver Green for its Nomad Taurus Cushion, made from recycled plastic bottles, and The White Company won the prize for Best Silk-Free Sheets for its Camborne Bed Linen Collection.

PETA awards Anthropologie, IKEA and Zara for best vegan design
Israeli designer Erez Nevi Pana won the Innovation Award for his furniture made from plants and other natural materials

Israeli designer Erez Nevi Pana was recognised for the collection of vegan furniture made from plants and other natural materials that he presented during Milan design week. Meanwhile Instagram influencer Suszi Saunders won the Best Vegan Home Award for her cruelty-free London home.

The other winners were the Ginger Soy Candle by Vegan Bunny and a collection of wall climbers for cats, made by London brand Dote from recycled plastic.

PETA awards Anthropologie, IKEA and Zara for best vegan design
Instagram influencer Suszi Saunders won the Best Vegan Home Award for her London home

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) launched the Vegan Homeware Awards in 2017, to celebrate the best cruelty-free designs for the home. It aims to recognise the "skyrocketing interest in vegan living".

According to a recent report, there has been a 600 per cent increase in people identifying as vegan in the United States over the last three years, while in the UK, the number of vegans has increased by 350 per cent.

PETA Director Elisa Allen hopes the awards will encourage "compassionate consumers" to opt for vegan products when furnishing their homes.

"PETA is delighted to honour the forward-thinking companies that are meeting the booming demand for vegan homes with fashionable and functional pieces that are sure to make every space shine," she said.

The trend for vegan design has also extended to other parts of the design industry. In fashion, Gucci has committed to going fur-free, while in food, IKEA's research lab Space10 has developed vegan versions of the brand's famous meatball.