Before answering that question, you are probably wondering what vegan leather is. It certainly sounds like an oxymoron, since it is not leather at all.
You might have heard of “artificial” or “synthetic” leather though, which already gives an idea of what it is:
It is an alternative to leather, with the same appearance but using different products.
Basically, it is a more ethical, sustainable and eco-friendly alternative. And most importantly, it is cruelty free and does not use any animal products to manufacture the leather.
With all the environmental issues our world is facing today, experts think that the best act one can do to help our planet is to reduce the consumption of animal products, including traditional leather.
While some might consider that the leather industry is less controversial because “they make co-products of the food industry”, the truth is that it is a cruel industry responsible for abusing a lot of animals. Leather in most cases is not a byproduct and is totally separated from the meat and dairy industry. These animals are raised only for their skin which cause them to suffer a lot.
And as a lot of you probably know, animal agriculture is a very harmful industry and one of the first contributors to climate change.
Also, the traditional leather tanning process use some of the most environmentally damaging chemicals (for example: formaldehyde and coal-tar derivatives).
So, by purchasing a real leather product, you are implicitly putting the planet into more danger and supporting animal abuse and the cruel treatment they undergo.
This is all morally wrong. Therefore, switching to vegan leather is a big step and a great help for the planet.
Now that we had the environmental talk, let’s also talk about the fashion benefits of vegan leather.
Vegan leather is used to make high quality products, including bags, considering it is softer and lighter than real leather. Not to mention the fact that it can also be more durable than traditional leather that decompose faster in the environment.
It repels water as well, which makes it waterproof and therefore a very good choice for rainy days.
It is also inexpensive compared to traditional leather and technology has come a long way to use it into making numerous different designs that suit everyone’s tastes.
Buying vegan leather products not only makes you a conscious consumer, but it is also a thing to do to lessen your own impact on the environment, leaving an important eco-footprint on the planet for future generations.
And now that you have enough facts proving the seriousness of the leather industry dangers, you can be confident about choosing vegan leather and be sure that it will cause less negative impact on the environment.
We believe that the world has achieved a point where the human being should care about other living beings and realize their existence goes beyond satisfying his needs.
And vegan leather is one step closer to changing things for the better in our world, because yes, you can be fashionable, and still care about other living creatures in the world.