what is a vegan leather

What is a vegan leather? Nowadays, everybody is speaking about fake leather, faux leather and sustainable materials. It s time to focus on these critical issues because Luxuryleather is a leather goods factory that uses many different materials and sources.

From animal origin to no animal origin, at Luxuryleather Italy, just the best and most sustainable leathers.

what is vegan leather
what is a vegan leather?


Frankly speaking, let’s soon clarify that Vegan leather or Faux leather is a NO ANIMAL original product. Indeed mostly designers and customers, to protect the animal species, prefer to choose fake leather to make their collections instead of real leather.

Recently this phenomenon has been a very requested leitmotiv owing to a new sustainability concept era that is beginning every day stronger. Thus it is no accident that I often meet by zoom many designers who ask me the same question, how is vegan leather made?

You can get vegan leather from SYNTHETIC materials, which means plastic or from NATURAL sources such as cork, cotton or organic elements. Both are FAKE LEATHER, I repeat fake leather, which is not real leather cause they have no animal origin.

what is vegan leather made of
Cactus Vegan Leather


Let s focus our attention on SYNTHETIC materials. Unfortunately, today the most popular material is “plastic vegan leather”, which 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, is from fossil fuels, and has a lot of environmental criticism.

I think no need to explain here the damages created by a plastic product. I know you are a bit surprised, but that’s true. PVC is 100% toxic.

The most dangerous scenario in PVC is the presence of the DIOXINS in high quantity, a highly toxic element.

is vegan leather real leather
is vegan leather real leather ?

I am sorry, but PVC and PU are PLASTIC FAKE LEATHER.

PU (polyurethane) is another sigla and material that means PLASTIC. It is always a fake or artificial leather, perhaps less toxic than PVC because PU has fewer fossil fuels but indeed polluting. Indeed polyurethane is inherently more ecofriendly than most other plastics, but it is always plastic.

After having all this info, I have a question for you.

is vegan leather plastic


Do you realize that VEGAN LEATHER and, above all, PVC and PV are 100% toxic?

Luxuryleather has many requests about this material, but few people know exactly what we are speaking about. My humble advice is simple: before choosing a different or innovative material, please study carefully. Today we need to be conscious about the products we are using and producing.

Our factory is part of a MADE IN ITALY system, and we should inform our customers.

Differences between PLASTIC VEGAN LEATHER (the famous PVC and PU) and FREE PLASTIC VEGAN LEATHER.

If we produce vegan leather from natural materials such as cotton, cork, kelp or pineapple leaves, we are making an eco-friendly material. By the way, today, the fewest vegan leathers are from natural materials, and these innovative goods still need some petroleum products to hold the fibres together.


Unfortunately, I have to tell you that it is true. Still, there is good news as well, natural vegan leather is less toxic than plastic leather ( PVC, PU) cause inside, there are more natural elements and small plastic elements or chemical products.

vegan leather definition

Several luxury brands have been using their new collections of NATURAL VEGAN LEATHERS or PLASTIC FREE VEGAN LEATHER these last few days. They want to be innovative but, above all, to achieve the target of sustainable development by creating a new economic path.


Recently is becoming a trend to be a vegan or to have a vegan life, which means don’t consume anything with animal products or animal origins. Vegans don’t eat meat and refuse entirely to wear leather goods or clothing made from animal origins. We must respect these choices and ideas.

At our Italian factory, in the last years, we got mainly requests about fake leather so, we need to make it clear once and for all that we don t use PLASTIC MATERIALS but just SUSTAINABLE SOURCES. So please don’t ask us to make bags or leather garments in PVC, PU or by using SYNTHETIC sources because we are a sustainable fashion factory.

Several customers need bags and leather clothing collections of vegan origin because many of them have embraced a SUSTANAINABLE philosophy, our same choice.

Please have a look at the bags below; they are vegan. In this case, we used Cactus Vegan Leather.


Today there is a lot of confusion about vegan leather, natural, ecology, PU, and PVC; with this post, I believe we should draw clear guidelines for new designers and established companies.

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.), and both elements have a sustainable problem, as I informed you before.

The choice of the right materials for your bags or collection is an important step. 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.

what is vegan leather made from
Vegan leather jacket


Synthetic materials are today an OPTION, a fake option, not a natural reply, as it should be a genuine 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 the animal origin, Vegan leather is your answer. Today Luxuryleather offers different kinds of faux ones; the only problem is that these products are not so cheap, and above all, they have some restrictions.

A natural leather, of 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 different refinishing at the moment but keep its basic style.

vegan leather vs real leather


Research into environmental sustainability is becoming a prerogative for companies like us, like Luxuryleather who are operating at the global level. In this context, we prefer to inform our new customers care about the best materials.

It s clear that SUSTAINABLE is everywhere today. In any case, we must try to spread this philosophy cause we have to protect our planet, and I am sure you will make the right choice depending on your values.

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 permanent concept that must offer more guarantees, in this case, we suggest you opt for animal origin or genuine leather.

vegan leather definition

It doesn’t mean we are obsolete or aged. On the contrary, we respect and follow customers’ indications, but it is clear that genuine leather guarantees durability, naturalness and resistance.

Targets are achieved thanks to our Italian tanneries or Italian tanning system. Indeed in our country, the tanning process, methods and refinishing have reached very high standards. We can honestly say that today we are a leader in the tanning process.

In conclusion, however, our factory undoubtedly offers both vegan and natural leather materials. 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.