A lot of people are animal lovers, and those people don’t want anything wrong to happen to animals. They do not want animals to get hurt or harmed, and most of these individuals do their best to avoid doing anything that can harm animals — like, not consuming any food that is derived from an animal. People also find other ways to lessen animal cruelty, like creating products that don’t use materials that come from an animal — for example, vegan leather. Vegan leather is also known as faux leather; it is a leather-like texture that is not produced using the skin of animals. There are a lot of products you can wear that is made from vegan leather, such as vegan belts, vegan jackets, a vegan bag, and many more fashionable items. Indeed, it helps lessen animal cruelty, but it also has its disadvantages. Here are some of them:
Not Good for the Environment
Although using vegan leather is a considerable benefit for animal activists, the production of vegan leather is not advantageous to the environment or humans because of the toxins and poisons in the plastics that are used to make them. The production and disposal of PVC-based synthetics let out dangerous dioxins, which can cause developmental and regenerative issues and even cancer.
Lacks in Quality and Durability
Quality and durability are also essential factors to consider when comparing vegan and authentic leather. Vegan leather is often a lot thinner than authentic leather, and substantially more lightweight, which is great for styling and fashion as it can be easier to work with. With that factor, it also makes it less durable. Real and decent quality leather can last up to a couple of years when taken care of, on the other hand, you might only get a year or so out of the products produced using good quality vegan leather.
Vegan leather, particularly PVC-based, is not breathable either, unlike authentic leather has pores through which the skin can relax and breathe. So for clothing products such as jackets and shoes, vegan leather can be uncomfortable when you wear them for an extended period. It can also make you sweaty and can give you stinky feet.
When buying or supporting a product, you need to think twice, whether it has more benefits for you than disadvantages. When a product has more negative impacts on you or the environment, you can always choose not to use and patronize it. Remember that there are a lot of alternatives available you can choose from.