Leather can be made from plants, not animals! Eco-friendly, animal-free leathers are a burgeoning market that is just at the beginning but has so much promise. You can make stylish, sustainable and compassionate choices all at the same time.
Think leather is making use of a "natural byproduct"? It is estimated that an animal’s hide accounts for between 7.5% — 10% of the animal’s market worth, which makes it among the most valuable parts by pound. According to Handling, Grading and Curing of Hides and Skins, “If it were not for the value of the hide, cow-calf profitability would be lower, resulting in fewer cows, fewer calves, and fewer slaughter animals. Less beef would be produced, and margins would be smaller for most segments of the beef industry. Over the past three decades, hides have increased in value more rapidly than meat because the demand for leather has been stronger worldwide than the demand for beef.” In other words, by purchasing leather, consumers are propping up the meat industry and making what they do profitable.