With sustainability slowly becoming more than just a buzzword, now’s as good a time as any to explore how we can bring it into our sense of style. One way to do this is by entering the chic and sustainable world of vegan leather accessories. Just making the shift from animal-based materials to vegan alternatives can do wonders for the planet, and save animal lives while we’re at it. Which is why we thought it’d be a good idea to explore the world of vegan leather this Vegan Month. Here’s the (vegan) meat of our research.
First things first, let’s bust some myths
Not all vegan leather is created equal. There are different kinds of vegan leather made from different materials. The most common kind is known as faux leather, that’s made from plastic polymers: polyurethane (PU) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC); which is why it’s also called Pleather. While faux leather is technically a vegan product that’s cheap and easily available, it isn’t doing the planet any favours, as it only adds to the plastic in our landfills and is non-biodegradable.
But that doesn’t mean all vegan leather is plastic-based. There’s also vegan leather that’s made from natural, plant-based resources like pineapple leaves, cork, apple peels and cactus. These materials not only result in a sturdier, better quality product, but also in a happier planet. When you use plant-based material, you’re investing in a renewable resource that doesn’t end up as non-biodegradable waste, thereby making for a truly sustainable purchase. Plus, you’re investing in a product of superior quality, which just makes sense.
Why vegan leather is important
As we just briefly covered, vegan leather, made from plant-based materials, is a step in the right direction when it comes to leading a sustainable lifestyle. Apart from the obvious perks of being cruelty-free and biodegradable, the creation of vegan leather also comes at a low cost to the planet. The making of regular leather is a long, toxic, energy-consuming process that includes a lot of chemicals, dyes, and even cyanide-based ingredients. This leads to the pollution of our land, our water, our air, our whole ecosystem. All for a jacket or a bag.
So when you can have all the perks of leather - think sturdy products, better quality, a rich look and feel - without any of the environmental hazards that come with it, it’s a win-win. And that’s what sustainably made vegan leather offers you.
Come over to the bark side
Now that we’ve established plant-based vegan leather is the way to go, it’s time for us to brag a little. At Arture, all our products are 100% vegan. Made from cork fabric, derived from tree barks, and cactus leather, our accessories are designed keeping the planet in mind. Both these materials result in gorgeous, high quality leather and as fibres they naturally regenerate quite quickly, making them an ideal choice of base material for you and the environment.
While sustainability is important, that doesn't mean you have to compromise on style and functionality. Our accessories are designed keeping your day-to-day in mind. Take the Ivy Mobile Sling for instance. Not only is it a suave design, it’s also a hands-free way to carry your phone and other essentials. It’s designed to hold any phone, with or without its case. It also has 3 card slots and a pocket inside to carry money and valuables, so you can step out with just one bag complete with an adjustable snap strap.
The Beam Utility Pouch is another example of this. Made from cactus leather, the pouch is smooth to touch and can fit a bunch of everyday things like laptop chargers, tablets, notebooks and stationery. By adding an extra zip pocket at the back for extra storage, this product is not only versatile but also a fashion and lifestyle statement.
Vegan leather is just better. So, make an informed and educated switch to vegan lifestyle accessories this vegan month.