Vegan leather is a type of leather that doesn’t include any animal products. It typically comes from synthetic materials, such as polyurethane or polyvinyl chloride, which are treated to resemble the look and feel of leather. Vegan leather has become increasingly popular in recent years as more people look for ways to avoid using animal products. It is used in clothing, shoes, and accessories. It comes in a variety of colors and styles. Vegan leather is much more affordable and is more environmentally friendly to produce.
Impact of leather production on the environment
The leather industry has a significant impact on the environment. The process of tanning leather uses large amounts of water and energy and generates hazardous waste that can pollute water sources. None of the ingredients used in the leather industry is biodegradable, so it stays on land for generations.
The leather industry is also one of the leading causes of deforestation, as trees are getting cleared to make room for cattle ranching. It can lead to soil erosion and loss of habitat for wildlife. Wild animals lose their natural habitats, which leads to a dangerous migration to villages and cities.
The use of leather also contributes to climate change. Cattle ranching emits enormous emissions of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane. According to a case study published in Energy Procedia, the carbon footprint of bovine leather ranges between 65 to 150 kg CO2 per square meter.
Finally, leather is one form of a very inhumane act towards animals.