Vegan Leather: What Are They?

What are leather goods? What are they? 

Leather is the skin of animals, such as cows, pigs, goats, kangaroos, ostriches, cats, and dogs. Often, leather items aren’t labeled accurately, so you never really know where (or whom) they came from. 

What’s Wrong With Them?

Most leather comes from cows killed for beef and milk, so it’s a coproduct of the meat and dairy industries. Leather is the worst material for the environment, too, as it pollutes the Earth with the toxins used in the tanning process. Whether it’s from cows, cats, or snakes, no animals should die so that humans can wear their skin.

Fashion should be fun, not fatal which is why making leather goods out of animal by-products shouldn't make any sense especially now with so many alternative options available.

So, what is vegan leather?

High-quality animal-free leather is made from many different materials, including non-animal microfibers, recycled nylon, polyurethane (PU), and even plants, including mushrooms and fruit. And bio-fabricated leather grown in laboratories is coming to a shelf near you soon!

Thankfully, more and more brands are starting to adopt vegan friendly options when it comes making classic leather pieces. From affordable options from stores such as Top Shop and Zara to high-end designers such as Stella McCartney and bebe. Look for “vegan leather” on clothing, shoe, and accessory tags. 

Here at CLOVER, all of our handbags are all made from "vegan friendly" options including recycled nylon and polyurethane (PU) because all living beings deserve freedom. 

Make the change today.