The Myth Of Sustainable Leather
by Sica Schmitz | Posted on September 08 2017
Hidden amongst the over 134 page 2017 Pulse of the Fashion Industry report by the Copenhagen Fashion Summit was a very interesting graph, giving a new perspective on vegan fashion and vegan leathers:
Animal fibers take three of the top four spots in cradle to gate environmental impact, with cow leather at the very top, 11 spots above even polyester.
As a vegan and the owner of a vegan company, I have always recommended skipping leather, silk, wool, bone, and other animal products and fibers. But now you don't just have to take my word for it - on page 80 the report goes on to recommend:
Synthetic leather has only a third of the environmental impact of cow leather... As Kering says in its 2015 EP&L statement, different leathers can have an over tenfold difference in environmental impact based on their type and origin, how the animal was raised, and how the tanning process took place. Switching to alternative materials can directly improve a product’s footprint.
Fortunately, it's never been easier to switch to alternative vegan materials. In fact, Bead & Reel's entire shop is built entirely on alternative leather materials, like PU synthetic leather, Piñatex (made from pineapple fibers), and cork, to name a few.
If you haven't already, now is the perfect time to make the switch to a vegan closet. It's kinder to animals, and now we know it's also kinder to our environment.