There is a strong debate about animal leather vs. synthetic leather. Which one belongs in the future? Which type is less harmful to the environment?
The producers of real leather say their product is of higher quality and bio-degradable. The producers of synthetic leather tell us that their products are equally good and they are cruelty-free. The new generation products claim to have it all and much more. The decision power lays in the consumer’s hands. So how do we measure quality nowadays? Real facts and nothing less. YOU decide.
Leather of animal origin
Leather of animal origin is one of the most widely traded commodities in the world, with an estimated global trade value of 270 billion USD (source Statista). Consumers traditionally value this product for its high quality. Real leather looks good, lasts longer, it is breathable and bio-degradable. So far so good. Nevertheless, this highly in-demand product has a high cost for the environment and hides indescribable cruelty behind the scene towards animals. Leather is not a by-product of the meat industry, it is not humanely produced and it has a highly negative impact on the environment.
Ethical reasons against real leather
Leather is not a by-product of the farm industry.
More than one billion animals are slaughtered every year for their skin after a miserable life in terrible conditions.
We take the baby calf from its mother and kill it for the skin. The unborn babies are even more “valuable” because their skin is softer.
We kill 100 million sharks every year. Sharks are cruelly hooked and left to suffocate for the sake of sharkskin. Your luxury leather goods might as well be from sharkskin.
We kill endangered species and wild animals like zebras, bison, water buffaloes, boars, deer, eels, seals, walrus, elephants, and frogs for their skin. On the label, all we can see is “Genuine Leather”
Post time: Feb-10-2022