In 1963, DuPont revolutionised the fashion industry with the idea of creating natural alternatives to animal leather.
Today, extensive research into the material and its properties have helped create various forms of synthetic leather. This synthetic, or ‘vegan’, leather often surpasses its animal counterparts in areas of breathability, weatherproofing, uniformity and weight.
Vegan leather is an important step towards sustainability and preserving mother nature. It is important for us to prioritise the welfare of all living creatures on this planet, and the use of vegan leather is an excellent way to start reducing our impact.
Authentic leather requires extensive treatment before manufacture, and these harmful chemicals both harm the environment and reduce the biodegradability of the leather. Vegan leather, on the other hand, combines textiles and polyurethane to create a more authentic leather feel that is less damaging to the planet.
Vegan leather is extremely durable as it is water-resistant, stain-resistant and can be exposed to the elements. Vegan leather products are capable of holding up against weather conditions and suffer minimal wear and tear over time.
Research and development into vegan leather allow us full control of the look and feel of products. From variations in texture to changes in composition, vegan leather provides us with a wider aesthetic scope.
Due to the various costs involved in the treatment and preparation of authentic leather, it demands a higher price. When factoring in every cost, from the rearing of cattle to the final manufacturing stages, it is evident that Vegan leather is the easier to produce and comparatively cost-effective choice.