What is a vegan leather? Nowadays, everybody is speaking about fake leather and sustainable materials. It s time to focus our attention on these issues because we are a leather goods manufacturing that uses a lot of different materials.
VEGAN LEATHER, A GOOD COMPROMISE?
Vegan leather or Faux leather is a product that has no animal origin. Indeed mostly of designers and customers to protect the animal species, they prefer to choose a fake leather, a leitmotiv very requested in this last period about sustainability.
You can get a vegan leather from SYNTHETIC materials like for example plastic or from NATURAL materials like cork or cotton or others. Both are FAKE LEATHER, not real leather cause they have no animal origin.
VEGAN LEATHER FROM SYNTHETIC TO NATURAL MATERIALS
Let s focus our attention on SYNTHETIC materials. Unfortunately today the most popular material is “plastic vegan leather” it means the famous PVC and PU. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is without mincing words PLASTIC hence we can imagine how hard it is to recycle this product. PVC is not sustainable, it is from fossil fuels and it has a lot of environmental criticism.
I think no need to explain here the damages created by a plastic product. I know that you are a bit surprised but that’s the true, PVC is 100% toxic. The most dangerous scenario in PVC is the presence of the DIOXINS in high quantity, a highly toxic element.
I am sorry but PVC and PU are PLASTIC FAKE LEATHER.
PU (polyurethane) is another sigla and material who means PLASTIC. It is always a fake or artificial leather perhaps less toxic than PVC because PU has less fossil fuels but surely polluting. Indeed polyurethane is inherently more eco–friendly than most other plastics but it is always plastic. After having all this info, I have a question for you?
IS VEGAN LEATHER A BIODEGRADABLE PRODUCT?
Do you realize that VEGAN LEATHER and above all PVC and PV are 100% toxic?
Luxuryleather has a lot of requests about this kind of materials but few people know exactly what we are speaking about. My humble advice is simple, before to chose a different or innovative material please make yourself a careful study. Today we need to be conscient about products we are using and we are producing. Our factory is part of a system called MADE IN ITALY and we should inform our customers.
Differences between PLASTIC VEGAN LEATHER (the famous PVC and PU) and FREE PLASTIC VEGAN LEATHER.
If we produce a vegan leather from natural materials such as cotton, cork, kelp or pineapple leaves, we are making an eco-friendly material. By the way today fewest vegan leathers are from natural materials and this innovative goods still need some petroleum product to hold the fibres together.
VEGAN LEATHER SURPRISES? even a natural product has inside some toxic elements.
Unfortunately, I have to tell you that it is true but there is a good news as well, a natural vegan leather is less toxic than a plastic leather ( PVC, PU) cause inside there are more natural elements and less plastic or chemicals products.
In these last days, some several luxury brands are using from their new collections NATURAL VEGAN LEATHERS or PLASTIC FREE VEGAN LEATHER. They want to be innovative but above all to achieve the target of a sustainable development creating a new economic path.
VEGAN LEATHER, A NEW ERA.
Recently is becoming a trend to be a vegan or to have a vegan life, it means don’t consume anything that has animal products or animal origins. Vegans don’t eat meat and they completely refuse to wear leather goods or clothing made from animal origins.
At our Italian factory, in the last two or three years, we had a lot of requests about fake materials and with pleasure, we offered these new sources.
Several customers ask bags and leather clothing from vegan origin because many of them have embraced a SUSTANAINABLE philosophy. Please have a look at the bags below, they are vegan, in this case, we used a Cactus Vegan Leather.
VEGAN LEATHER BAGS
Today there is a lot of confusion about vegan leather, real, ecolog, PU, PVC, with this post I believe we should draw clear guidelines for new designers and established company.
VEGAN LEATHER means fake one, there is a massive request because now is a trend movement to protect animal species. It should be from Synthetic materials (PVC, PU) or Natural materials ( cotton, cork, etc etc) and both elements have a sustainable problem as I informed before.
The choice of the right materials for your bags or collection is an important step.luxury&leather
Our company, in addition to offering different materials, such as genuine leather or synthetic material or natural material, we assist new designers in selecting the right source.
WHICH KIND OF LEATHER IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU?
Vegan leather is today an OPTION, a fake option, not a natural reply, as it should be a real vegetable leather that even if it comes from an animal is 100% SUSTAINABLE. Honestly, I think if you are reading this post it means you felt conscious of the situation.
If you need an alternative to animal origin Vegan leather is your answer. Today Luxuryleather offers different kind of faux ones, the only problem is that these kind of products are not so cheap and above all, they have some restrictions.
A real leather, an animal origin ages much better than a vegan one for example. It offers more possibilities of tannery processing, instead of a fake one where we can t make at the moment different refinishing but to keep its basic style.
TOGETHER FOR ECO-FRIENDLY INNOVATION
The research into environmental sustainability is becoming a prerogative for such companies like us, like Luxuryleather who are operating at global level. In this context, we prefer to inform carefully our new customers about best materials to use.
It s clear that SUSTAINABLE is today everywhere. In any case we must try to spread this philosophy cause we have to protect our planet and i am sure that depending on your values you will make the right choice.
It is up then you now, Plastic leather, Free Plastic leather or Real Leather. If in your mind, in your leather collection, you are looking for a permanently concept that must offer more guarantees, in this case, we suggest you opt for animal origin or a real leather.
It doesn’ t mean we are obsolete or aged, on the contrary we respect and follow customers indications but it is clear that real leather is a guarantee in terms of durability, naturalness and resistance. Targets achieved thanks to our Italian tanneries or Italian tanning system. Indeed in our country, tanning process, methods and refinishing have reached very high standards, we can honestly say that today we are leader in the tanning process.
In conclusion, however, at our factory we offer withouth a doubt both materials, vegan leather and real leather. Our final advice about your choice is to take all the time you need and don t forget that if you have some doubts we are here to help you.