Vegan leather is taking over the fashion industry. Every week there seems to be some new innovative vegan leather material hitting the market. We’ve seen everything from mushroom to cactus to pineapple leaves to apple skins.
As well as vegan brands who are pushing vegan leather into the mainstream. Big fashion houses such as Hugo Boss, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Versace, and others are now involved.
Is this the start of the vegan leather revolution? We explore the five reasons why we think so.
5 Reasons Why Vegan Leather is Taking Over
1. Conscious Consumerism
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It’s not just vegans and environmentalists who are changing their shopping habits. People from all walks of life are becoming more conscious of their consumerism.
People of all ages are now taking extra time to consider where their next pair of shoes or next handbag is coming from. What impact has it had on the environment? Is it made with animal materials? Who made it and are they being treated fairly?
Conscious consumerism is set to grow exponentially. People are now more exposed to the ethical issues behind their goods. Animal leather is detrimental to animals, workers, local communities, and our planet. Choosing vegan leather is the perfect alternative.
2. It’s Not That Different from Animal Leather
There was a time when fake or faux, leather was made solely from PVC. A plastic and inferior looking material that has a detrimental impact on the environment.
New innovative vegan leathers are made to look, feel, and even smell just like regular animal leather. Some vegan leathers are impossible to differentiate from animal leather.
Vegan leather such as PU, mushroom, pineapple, and cactus are almost identical to animal leathers. This has made them extremely popular among eco-consumers all over the globe.
3. Vegan Leather is Eco-Friendly
Animal leather is one of the most polluting and wasteful industries on the planet. Animal leather has a huge impact on the planet once you have factored in the vast amount of resources to:
- raise the animal
- slaughter it
- ship it's skin
- produce the leather
- export leather to other countries
The process of tanning during production destroys ecosystems. The waste pollutes local waterways, and production inflicts serious harm on workers.
Vegan leather is much less damaging to the planet. No animals are used in production. Most of the materials are made from waste plants. And producing vegan leather is more efficient.
4. High-Quality and Durable
Vegan leather is just as durable and high-quality as animal leather. Vegan leather materials such as pineapple leaves, cork, and mushroom are highly durable.
One of the biggest concerns about vegan leather is its durability. Not only are most vegan leathers durable but they are mostly recyclable and often 100% biodegradable.
Animal leather once finished with can take up to 50 years to decompose. Throughout this time the leather will leech the harsh chemicals it was tanned with, most notably the toxic chemical chromium.
5. It’s Often the Same Price or Cheaper
Vegan leather is extremely affordable. A vegan leather wallet, Vegan leather purse brands, or vegan leather bag won’t cost you much more or less than those made with animal leather.
Consumers now have the option of vegan leather that is high-quality, durable, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and reasonably priced. Why would anyone choose animal leather?
If you’re in the market for a new vegan leather wallet, vegan watches, or vegan leather bags, LA ENVIRO has a wide selection of vegan leather products to choose from. Each one is created 100% cruelty-free and PETA-Approved. Our vegan leather is created using PU, and the lining is made with recycled plastic bottles.