Know Your Leather
Animal Leather - Most commonly-used animal hide leathers are not biodegradable. They are loaded with caustic and toxic chemicals to keep animal hides from decomposing. Many argue leather is a by-product of the meat industry, but a high demand for leather shows a striking change in the scales. Water pollution created by leather industry is another issue.
PU Leather - In comparison, PU leather isn't considered a toxic leather like PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) leather. PVC is made from chemicals and can have some off-gassing. These chemicals are considered toxic in large amounts. Also PU Leather does not require animals to be reared and slaughtered.
Plant Based & Vegan Leather - Created from plant waste, they are Eco friendly, Biodegradable and Sustainable alternative to Animal as well as PU Leather.
Some Varieties of Plant based Leather
Malai - Made with Coconut waste, it is a newly developed biocomposite material made. It is entirely organic and sustainable bacterial cellulose, grown on agricultural waste sourced from the coconut industry in Southern India.
Desserto - Made with Cactus, it is organic, partially biodegradable, soft, durable, and high enough quality that it can be used to make clothing, accessories and bags creating a better sustainable option for fashion industry.
Piñatex - It is made of ﬁbre from the leaves of the pineapple plant. These leaves are discarded from the pineapple harvest, so the raw material requires no additional environmental resources to produce.
Cork - Cork is obtained by removing the outer bark of the Cork tree, without cutting or harming it. As the bark replenishes, cork can be harvested again and again. Cork fabric is the natural and sustainable vegetable leather.