Faux leather or “fake” leather has come a long way since it was first introduced in the fashion world. Faux leather was first seen as a very low end material for the cheap and promiscuous. In recent years, however, faux leather has been improved and moved up the ladder of acceptance in fashion. Faux leather is an example of the trickle-up theory by starting as a street style and is now shown on fashion runways and worn by celebrities. It has also become in some ways, better than real leather because of it’s low-care, waterproof, and low-cost qualities. So, don’t shy away from faux leather as an alternative to real leather. Go shopping and check it out!
For those of you who don’t know, Veganism is defined the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals.
So…Beyonce goes where? Wearing what? (Just look below.)
We understand practicing, eating, and wearing are different things, but wouldn’t it just be common understanding in this case?
Cows that have been subjected to leather harvesting endure terrible procedures that are completely unnecessary. Some of these include castration, third degree burns in the form of branding, tail-docking, and dehorning. All of these procedures are done WITHOUT pain medication.
Pigs harvested for their skin live in extreme conditions. They live their days in an overcrowded indoor warehouses, often never seeing daylight. Their tails are cut off, they are castrated, teeth cut in half and are often scaled alive in barrels of hot water which is meant to soften their skin and remove their hair before they are slaughtered.
Raising livestock for leather harvesting has a HUGE impact on the environment. Raising so many animals requires tons of feed, fossil fuels, land, and water. Not to mention all of the waste these animals produce, and their is no proper waste management for these farms either. This is the greatest pollution threat to our water systems.
The process of turning skin into leather releases chemicals into the environment, some of these chemicals are even considered hazardous by the EPA, yet they are still being used. Even though companies claim to be producing their leather in an “eco friendly” way, they are more often than not using harmful chemicals. Don’t fall for their trap.
The list goes on and on. Why take these kinds of risks and subject these animals to such horrible lives just for a bag or a pair of boots. There are so many leather alternatives to choose from. We encourage you to consider the list mentioned the next time you consider buying that leather product!
Stay warm this fall/winter in these cute vegan boots found in an article by PETA!