Cattle meat has been used for centuries as a staple diet for many. However, the past few decades have also witnessed increased use of animal hides to make expensive apparel and accessories. At the rate these animals are being slaughtered to satisfy our insatiable wants, 430 million cows would have to be slaughtered every year and even that may not be enough!
A lot of designers such as Stella McCartney and Natalie Portman that are also animal rights activists’ have started using vegan leather. It has not yet taken the world by a storm but the demand is rising rapidly enough for us to wonder what exactly, vegan leather is? By the name, it sounds like leather derived from vegan cows. However, in reality, vegan leather simply means non-leather goods, that shouldn’t be confused with cheaply made goods. Some more names for vegan leather are faux leather, pleather, or PU.
There are many reasons why vegan leather is actually better than cowhide leather and hence gaining a steady stream of success. Some of those benefits are:
Vegan Leather is Reasonably Priced then Conventional Leather
Vegan leather is being manufactured at a fraction of the cost than the authentic leather goods. A lower cost means affordable selling prices. A person can find a vegan leather handbag at around $200, a price which would be impossible to find for real leather goods.
It is extremely compliant
Vegan leather is easier to cut and sew unlike real leather which usually requires more processes from raw material to finished products – many steps can possibly harm the environment or even worker’s health. For people who are interested in learning how and why, this article from Gizmodo is helpful. Due to its simplicity, it can also be easily customized.
Environment-friendly Of Course!
Vegan leather is an animal lover’s substitute to wearing leather! Vegan leather is made entirely in the factories and no animals are harmed in their production. More and more brands are adopting strict policies in terms of the material they source in order to protect the environment. For example, vegan-leather laptop bag designer brand sight’s most recent “EVERYDAY” tote collections is Chromium-free. Hence, a person can get the look and feel of real leather without resorting to killing innocent animals for their fashion endeavors.
Larger Upholstery Projects
Real leather can only be used as much as the animal it came from. Hence, there is never an option of retrieving larger rolls in real leather. However, since vegan leather is man-made, larger stocks can be made for bigger projects such as for upholstery.
Real leather is no doubt gorgeous and has a genuine and natural color variation. However, if you need to use leather for matching costumes or want cohesion in the colors, vegan leather is your dream comes true!
Where real leather is limited in quantity, vegan leather is contrarily unlimited. Designers can use it to their hearts desire and customers can purchase it without any constraints.
Similar benefits as real leather
Although vegan leather is nowhere close to real leather, but it possesses the same traits of the latter. For instance, it does not wrinkle and it can be easily wiped and cleaned down with wipes.
In this brutal world where the lives of innocent animals are taken to fulfill our petty fashion needs; the production of vegan leather comes as a breath of fresh air. If something beautiful can be made without harming animals, it should be applauded and adopted by the fashionistas over the world!
Image source: sight “EVERYDAY” laptop tote bag