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Either way, vegan leather is a great leather substitute that involves no animal cruelty whatsoever. Ocean leather is another form, and it produced from plant sources.

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When it comes to leather, a vegan faces two choices: wear synthetic or wear none at all. But is synthetic leather, sometimes called vegan leather, really the better option? The answer is complicated.
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Vegan Leather vs Real Leather

Will vegan leather overtake animal hide in fashion items? (Photo: London Scout) Technological advances in the quality of the faux leather materials is also playing a part in the sector's growth:

The most common modern forms are produced using synthetic materials sourced from petroleum. A variety of plastics and synthetic microfibers are used in the production of the various types of artificial leather. One common type is made from a base of fabric coated with polyvinyl chloride PVC. People concerned about the environment as well as animal welfare tend to avoid this form of synthetic leather, as it is not as environmentally friendly as other varieties. Polyurethane leather uses a different manufacturing process and is viewed as less harmful to the environment.

This type of vegan leather is softer and more pliable than PVC-based leather, making it more comfortable to wear. Still other leathers are made using microfiber , a thin diameter polyester or nylon fiber.

Not all vegan leather is made completely from synthetic materials. Some is made from sustainably harvested cork, which may be combined with synthetic materials to make it more pliable and durable. Ocean leather is another form, and it produced from plant sources. Kelp or seaweed is used in the manufacture of this type of artificial leather. Neither of these leathers are as common as those made from petroleum products. Many types of faux leather are visually indistinguishable from real leather and are used to produce coats, jackets, handbags, and shoes.

Additionally, household products, such as upholstered furniture and accessories, are manufactured and marketed for those who avoid the use of animal products. Some vegans question whether faux leather is the best choice when there are natural fiber products that do not resemble leather available. They are also concerned about whether choosing artificial leather may encourage the wearing of real leather products. I don't think this is very clear.

PU is a material that has leather in it, I think. If something is a form of plastic, why not call it by its name? After all vegan leather is an oxymoron. Call it what it is. Just call it what it is. I guess we should just let all our domestic animals die of old age and bury them in landfills.

In millions of years they might be petroleum too. Fake leather and fake fur still promotes the leather and fur industry! When people see you walking around in a beautiful fake fur coat or in gorgeous 'vegan leather' boots, it just encourages them to start shopping for fur coats and leather boots.

Better to walk around in clothes that are obviously and blatantly not made of fur or leather. Try cotton and wool! We are the superior race. Just own it already. I'm just asking everyone to make an informed decision going forward and know the facts, then decide if you must have the longest-lasting product or if sparing an animal's untenable suffering is the only reason you need to make a change. Please don't believe the false propaganda spread by the greedy profit-mongering sycophants who will continue to make money on the backs of innocent animals without any concern for the torture they endure.

You are not a vegan. I have never seen such a transparent justification for having an animal-leather couch. I understand that vegan leather isn't always eco-friendly, but some do no harm to the environment and those are the ones that I choose to wear. The only real leather product I own is a leather couch. I didn't plan on buying it, but now that I have it, it is very durable and lasts a long time which I think is more efficient and environmentally friendly than having to buy multiple vegan leather couches and wasting resources.

John57 Post 2 I am not a vegan, but have several friends who are, and know this can be a pretty passionate topic.

I have found much of the vegan clothing they purchase has a very nice look and feel to it. If the answer is both, search out for the many eco-friendly vegan leathers that are out there.

Only issue is that many of those products will cost you about as much as real leather. Animals, the environment, money. What matters most to you? Either way, vegan leather is a great leather substitute that involves no animal cruelty whatsoever. And the branding of faux leather as vegan leather is more than just for marketing, it can help people fully understand that no animal products are in this product.

Which is a nice reassurement for a lot of people. What do you think? I am a Millersville grad with a Bachelors of Arts in English. I love to write, play video games, watch movies and TV, basically be a total nerd whenever I can. Green and Growing is important to me because it allows me to help others be as green and eco-friendly as possible. With Climate Change being what it is, it is even more important for people to get educated about their environment. This website allows me to do my part in that.

Also, I'm a huge goof who tries to add some humor into anything I write. Stay Excellent out there! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Eco and Animal Friendly Leather. Vegan Leather Vegans do not believe in consuming or purchasing anything that was made from animals.

What Vegan Leather is Made From When making any kind of synthetic leather, there are two very common materials that people use. Some of the other materials used for the production of vegan leather include the following: Eco and Animal Friendly Leather While most vegan leather is made from PVC and polyurethane materials, there are other options out there if you look hard enough. Yup, you read that right. It is more like that paper you often find in cardboard boxes used for packaging, but obviously put through a much different process.

For example, washi is a type of paper leather made from the bark of the fast growing and sustainable kozo tree Japanese relative of the mulberry. Once made, it is cut and its edges left raw. Finally, it is woven into whatever you are buying, be it a handbag or wallet or whatever. It can come in the natural brown color or in black, as well as other colors. Many people are familiar with the uses of cork in fashion. Especially with cork wedges Yes, I know what wedges are, I have a fiance. Cork is actually regarded as one of the most eco-friendly materials around today.

It is easily recycled, completely natural and using it helps prevent desertification and deforestation. Due to its waterproof qualities and organic texture, many huge fashion companies have made use of cork many time and for a while now. However, some people just do not like the look of cork, which is possibly its biggest drawback.

I have seen this one around a bunch of places. It blew up about 6 years ago. It already has a leathery texture which makes it appealing in that sense, as well as being durable. Mainly, rubber is used for making bags and backpacks. I even owned a recycled rubber backpack a while ago. Here, we are talking about organic waxed cotton. It has been around for years as a leather substitute for jeans and bags by companies like Marc Jacobs and others.

It is pliable, waterproof, and easily washable. This is a fairly new kind of faux leather made from sewable slate stone. It has a grey matte finish has the look and feel of paper combined with stone.

It really has a cool old and battered look to it. AND it actually ages like leather. Only it gets little scratches instead of pores, which also ends up softening the material a bit as well. Made from sustainable timber, this vegan leather is durable, string and each piece is unique.

This is due to the varied natural grains of the product. Tree bark leather can be made to replicate any form of leather from jackets and pants, to hand bags and wallets. It is made from fast growing, renewable wood and even treated with non-toxic chemicals to make it durable, well preserved and flexible. You know those apple cores, orange and banana peels you always throw away? Well now, you can use them to carry all of the things you need. Next time you think about just throwing away your apple core, recycle it.

Could be your next favorite handbag. For those of you who love pineapple on pizza yes, it is awesome! Pinatex is a material made from the wasted part of the pineapple bush.

It feels like cowhide leather and is watertight and durable. It is great for shoes, bags and a lot more. Also, who else had no idea pineapples grew on bushes?! This is very similar to recycled rubber, only it has less applications due to the style of the original product.

Like the recycled rubber, these recycled tyres have an incredible leathery feel and look. It is often for belts, guitar straps, earrings and a bunch more. Here is a new one for you. Now you can have hallucinations while looking awesome.

Totally kidding but this is pretty cool. You can actually grow this leather to whatever shape or size you need it for. Only thing it needs is to be waterproofed. The Hana Plant Agave: If you have ever seen an actual agave plant, you know the leaves are big and thick.

Many artisans have begun using these leaves to yield fine fibres and weave them into accessories that are usually made of real leather. Turns out, agave has other uses besides Tequila.

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