Green Vs Fraud: How Eco-Friendly Is Vegan Leather?
The number of trends and products claiming 'planet-friendliness' can be overwhelming. So here is the good sorted from the bad and how you can make the right choice!
Case in point: Vegan Leather
Claim: Vegan leather is an eco-friendly, cruelty-free alternative to the animal hide fabric.
What we found out:
- The leather industry is completely dependent on animal slaughter. India provides 10 per cent of the global raw material required for leather goods.
- From wallets to jackets to shoes and belts, leather everywhere in the fashion industry. As times changed world-views, an 'eco-friendly' alternative to leather took the world by storm.
- Vegan leather (also known as faux leather) is usually made of polyvinyl chloride (you know it as PVC) or polyurethane
- PVC has earned its infamy for producing high amounts of toxic chlorine and harmful dioxides. It does not decompose easily either. Greenpeace goes as far as calling it the "single most environmentally damaging type of plastic."
- Polyurethane is not as toxic as PVC. But, polyurethane is made from fossil fuels, another cause of concern for the environment.
- It is also not biodegradable so the pretty jacket you wore may go out of fashion for good, but the material will stay in landfills for generations together.
Cutting to the chase
This is a classic example of how vegan does not always equate to eco-friendly.
Where there's a problem, we come with a solution. Now, these alternatives may not look exactly like the leather material, but accessories that have a cruel past cannot be cool or chic in any case.
Made with natural jute and PU trimmings, this super spacious bag will fit everything you need and is ideal for short-distance trips!
Another fantastic alternative is recycled rubber. Instead of sending it to the landfills, we’re turning them into bags, wallets!