Some people choose to eat vegan because they don’t like seeing animals harmed in any way, and other people take the vegan lifestyle a step further by refusing to wear clothing made from animal products. But it’s a real problem with an article of vegan clothing tries to take a bite out of you.
The Dr. Martens footwear company, which produces some of the world’s most iconic shoes, has a line of vegan boots that use synthetic materials instead of leather. But now they’re getting recalled over fears that they could actually poison your skin.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, 30,000 Dr. Martens unisex Vegan 1460 eight eye boots have been recalled in the U.S. The concern is with a chemical found in the inside lining of the boot’s tongue.
Prolonged, direct exposure to the chemical — benzidine — can give you a nasty skin allergy, according to Consumerist. Benzidine is used to make dyes but is not often found in America anymore because of health concerns. Numerous health organizations like the National Cancer Institute have spoken out against Benzidine.
The $125 boots can be found in numerous brick-and-mortar and online stores. Look for boots with a cherry red color and a 14585 product code. If you have these boots and bought them between January and July this year, contact Dr. Martens for a full refund.
Meanwhile, one of Walmart’s Great Value products has been recalled after listeria was found.