VEGAN LEATHER (or faux leather) is characterised by fabrics that mimic the look and feel of leather, but are made without using any animals. This means no slaughterhouses, no animal products or byproducts, and no animal labor.
Vegan leather can be made from a variety of natural fibres, as well as synthetic materials, including PVC (polyvinyl chloride), PU (polyurethane), and can be used for everything from jackets and shoes to handbags, wallets and other accessories.
Both natural and synthetic vegan leathers offer a cruelty-free alternative to traditional leather products; with the natural options offering additional eco-friendly benefits by using byproducts of food production, renewable materials and also recycling the most unlikely fibres.
As Green Matters has reported countless times, experts agree that eliminating or cutting back on one’s consumption of animal products — yes, leather and hides included — is the single best thing an individual could do to help the planet.
And switching to vegan leather is a change that the world has thankfully embraced.
According to a recent report by consulting group Grand View Research, the world market for vegan leather is estimated to be worth $85 billion by 2025, LiveKindly reported.
One of the leaders in the space is fashion designer Stella McCartney; the fashion designer is an animal and environmental activists, and her label is a 100 percent vegetarian high fashion brand — meaning they use no fur or leather.
In an interview with Vogue, McCartney explained that vegan leather should be seen as more than an “alternative” — it should be embraced for the high quality product it can create.