The simple truth about vegan leather
The products we select at Fair-a-porter need to respect certain standards. Among those, you can find “Raw Materials”, which means that all raw materials must be at least partially certified organic or recycled. Animal-free, vegan raw materials are also part of our line of goods. Vegan leather is part of this category and it has become a big substitute to real animals leather. Several fashion designers have responded positively to this fabric, which is eco-friendly and tres-chic at the same time.
Vegan leather is made of polyurethane, a polymer that can be made to order for any designer’s whim. It can sparkle, have a nice glossy sheen, or be saturated in all kinds of shades that put leather to shame. Stella McCartney is a big fan of vegan leather, which is used in all her collections for the creation of bags, shoes and clothes. Vegan leather is extremely versatile, from biker jackets to leather dress. Matt&Nat is another brand which only uses vegan leather in the production of their goods. They use various vegan leathers, such as PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinylchloride). PU is less harmful for the environment than PVC and its use is definitely preferred, whenever possible.
Not only does vegan leather make you look good, it also makes you feel good because it’s cruelty-free. Vegan leather is also beneficial to the planet, turning animal skins into leather takes loads of energy and a toxic brew of chemicals—including mineral salts, coal-tar derivatives, formaldehyde, oils, dyes, and finishes, some of them cyanide-based. Tannery waste contains water-fouling salt, lime sludge, sulfides, acids, and other pollutants. If you’d like to think a bit more about leather versus faux leather read our piece here.
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