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All about vegan leather

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Since we all realized how and how bad our actions are affecting the planet, vegan leather has gained a lot of popularity.

As a conscious consumer, you know that your choices can bring you good karma and positively impact the planet for years to come. You've probably heard about the environmental impact of producing animal skins and want to find a sustainable alternative.

You have a lot of questions about the alternative - vegan leather.

Specifically: What is vegan leather? Is it really more durable than animal skin? What is its durability? How to take care of it?

So what is vegan leather?

The term vegan leather appeared in the fashion world in 2010, when the famous designer Stella McCartney began to create high-quality clothing and accessories without animal skin. As fashion influencers have embraced an ethical, vegan lifestyle, faux leather has naturally become known as 'vegan'.

It is generally accepted that we can call vegan leather any material created with the look and quality of animal skin, without the use of animal products.

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How is vegan leather made?

The most common process for making vegan leather basically looks like this:

1. The base material is selected - it is usually cotton or polyester fabric.

2. Plastic is used as a binder for the base material - usually it is polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyurethane (PU).

3. As a result of melting PVC and/or PU, we get a fabric and plastic compound, which we call vegan leather.

4. The fabric used to make the consumer product is cut.

Vegan leather was originally created for one reason - it was cheaper for manufacturers and consumers to use plastic.

However, today, consumers are not only interested in affordability, but also want to reduce their environmental impact and avoid animal exploitation.

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Is vegan leather sustainable?

Now that we know what vegan leather is and how it's made, let's find out if it's really eco-friendly.

Animal leather is biodegradable, however, the environmental costs of animal husbandry and leather production are far more damaging than vegan leather production.

A 2017 fashion industry report directly compared the environmental impact of animal skins to various popular fabrics.

The results are clear: animal leather is worse for the environment than any other material, including vegan leather.

Is vegan leather durable?

Because vegan leather is made by compressing layers of base material and then covering it with a waterproof layer, this product is quite durable, especially if you take good care of it.

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Some tips for taking care of artificial leather:

1. Avoid drying vegan leather in excessive heat and hot sun, as some types may crack due to exposure to high temperatures.

2. To protect it, you can use a soft cloth with which you can apply a very small amount of baby oil or commercial leather conditioner to the fabric. Do this every 6 months. More often if your artificial leather is too dry.

Warning : Test on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure the advice on your garment's leather type will work well and not discolor.

3. Be careful when washing, as some dyes transfer to other materials. For example, dark denim can brighten a light-colored vegan leather garment.

4. To clean vegan leather, use warm water diluted with a drop of soap. Then, gently dab the affected area with a soft white cloth. Finally, wipe off the soap and water mixture with a damp cloth.

Warning : Never clean artificial leather with a colored cloth, it must be white so it does not transfer another color to your clothes. Also, the texture of the leather is quite sensitive, if you decide to clean it, try to choose a soft cloth to clean it.

5. Do not use shoe polish on leather clothing, even if it is intended for leather shoes.

6. Dusty leather should be cleaned with a brush or a damp, soft cloth.

7. Keep it in low light. 50% humidity is optimal.

8. Do not allow leather fabric to touch metal for long periods of time.

9. If you are going to wrap, use paper, not plastic material.

10. Avoid folding leather clothes, always try to put them on a hanger, not on a wardrobe shelf.

What is the future of vegan leather?

For now, it's clear that the future of vegan leather is entirely sustainable and earth-friendly. It is a quality product designed for long-term use. The given fact is even more gratifying that the production of artificial leather is becoming more and more refined over the years.

If you would like to see our vegan leather collection, many of which are made from polyvinyl chloride and base fabric. Then visit our leather catalog. Leather catalog.

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