We know that the problem of the leather industry is not limited to raw materials. The chemicals used in the treatment of animal skins are extremely polluting and the impact is aggravated in developing producing countries where there is less regulation and control regarding the disposal of waste.
Converting leather to leather requires a lot of energy and a toxic mix of chemicals, including mineral salts, coal tar derivatives, formaldehyde, oils, dyes, and finishes, some of them cyanide-based. Tannery waste contains water polluting salt, lime sludge, sulphides, acids and other pollutants.
Vegan leather is often made from polyurethane, a polymer that is made from innovative and sustainable materials, such as pineapple leaves, cork, apple peels, other fruit waste, and recycled plastic; which can be used to create products to replace animal skins.
More than 1 billion cows, pigs, goats, sheep, alligators, ostriches, kangaroos, and even cats and dogs are cruelly slaughtered for their fur each year. However, vegan leather offers a perfect option - you can find vegan leather shoes, boots, bags, wallets, and best of all, cruelty-free.