Did you know?
Leather is a by-product
Leather is a by-product of the meat and dairy industry. Cattle are not raised to make leather. As long as people eat meat, there will be leftover hides. It is our responsibility to ensure that they don’t end up in landfills. Supporting the use of leather helps us accomplish this mission.
Vegan leather is not actually leather
“Vegan” leather is not real leather. It is a synthetic product often made from harmful materials such as polyurethane or polyvinyl-chloride (PVC).
Real leather can add significant value
Leather has long been associated with luxury and often increases the value of the products from which it is made. Whether you are buying furniture, shoes, apparel, accessories, or a new car with leather seats, you are making a solid long-term investment when you buy real leather.
Animals are NOT killed for their hides
That’s right, animal hides used by the leather industry are typically a by-product of the meat and dairy industry. Cattle are raised to feed the world’s population, and the leftover cowhides are turned into beautiful, long-lasting leather products.
Leather reduces landfill waste
That is correct! Millions of cowhides are upcycled by the leather industry each year. Many of these hides would end up in landfills if they were not repurposed into leather.
Leather is long-lasting and durable
Leather is the most durable soft covering material known to humankind. It can often last for decades, is resistant to wear and tear, and holds its beauty and value over time. Leather commonly outlasts man-made alternatives.
Consumers are often confused by fake leather alternatives such as “vegan” and PU Leather
According to One4leather.com, 55% of consumers believe that plastic-based “PU Leather” products are at least partly made from animal hides (they’re NOT) and 30% believe that “vegan leather” is at least partly made from animal hides (they’re NOT). Unfortunately, it can be difficult for consumers to know if they are buying real leather products. That’s why transparency is needed.