What is vegan leather?
Vegan leather can also be known as faux leather and it can be produced from a number of different materials, so look carefully at your products and the materials the company list. However, the most common faux leather options are cork, bark-cloth, glazed cotton, waxed cotton, and paper.
When companies are creating synthetic leather, the most commonly used materials are polyvinyl chloride and polyurethane, which some vegans may not consider to be a vegan material alternative.
In this short informative article you will find out what Vegan leather is and some top tips on how to find products that are vegan, cruelty free and generally better for the environment.
Is vegan leather better for the environment?
Animal leather is the most environmentally toxic material of all. Having said this, you need to look carefully at what the faux leather you maybe purchasing is made from as although buying any faux leather is at a huge benefit for those of us who support animal activists.
The making of synthetic leather is not as beneficial for the environment or humans as there are toxins which are produced due to the plastics which are used to make a large majority of them. This is why it is important to do your research. Vegan leather should be cruelty free in all senses of the word.
Is Vegan leather good quality?
Leather tends to be more hard wearing than faux leather although the price tends to reflect this with faux leather bags being cheaper. Where they are more expensive this would be due to it being by a designer and therefore you would be being exceptionally careful with it after paying designer prices.
Faux leather tends to be slightly thinner than real leather and therefore tends to fade and break sooner than real leather.
How to care for vegan leather?
As most faux leather tends to be made from a plastic of vinyl which means it can be gently wiped with a soft cloth that has been dipped in mild soapy water.
What is the best vegan leather?
- Recycled rubber
Why choose a vegan leather product?
Whether you are vegan or not, vegan products are becoming hugely popular. There are more and more places where you can buy vegan accessorise and not just bespoke, niche boutiques but department stores and top designers are all re thinking and engaging in this new popular trend.
If you choose a vegan product not only are you thinking consciously about the animals but you are also making a great fashion statement. Whether it’s just because you like the bag/coat/belt or it goes deeper than that, we are just happy you are making that choice.