sustainable leather

This post is going to be a bit controversial, and I know that there are going to be people that strongly disagree with me about this post, but here we go… leather and fur are environmentally sound. I don’t mean all leathers and furs, there is a specific criteria it must fit for it to actually be considered environmentally friendly. Leather is a better option than pleather or artificial leather, which is made from plastic. This means that in order to produce pleather, oil must be extracted. I know, I know you can make plastic from other things (bananas and corn), or they can recycle already produced plastic; but this still does not solve the biodegradability problem. The fact that leather is made from more biodegradable materials, animal skins, they can more readily break back down into the earth. Their “damage” is lessened when the skin is vegetable tanned, when compared with conventional chemicals. Additionally, the use of animal skins from invasive or overpopulated animals can to help rebalance an ecosystem (Never buy leather or fur from animals that are rated IUCN Near Threatened or higher, because then you're part of the problem). Leather can also be a product of the massive meat industry, allowing us to practically use all part of the pig. Further more, good quality authentic leathers and fur will wear longer than a lifetime when properly maintained than pleather. Honestly, has anyone noticed how easily pleather tears, falls apart, or loses its appearance? Thus causing the owner to attempt to fix it or toss it to the landfill. If it does somehow survive and does not tear, fall apart, or dull in appearance, it is highly unlikely that it will get passed down to the next generation.


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