Vegan leather: chic and ethical
Veganism, a movement born in the United Kingdom in the 1940s, consists of refusing all types of animal exploitation. Moving beyond those diets that do not include meat, and those that do not include any animal products, veganism goes a step further and does not include any products that cause animal suffering and therefore avoids the wearing of fur and leather, as well as avoiding cosmetics tested on animals.
Increasingly popular in the United States, the vegan movement gave rise to a vegan fashion, and with it a new came a new name: vegan leather. Formerly known as leatherette, faux leather and synthetic leather, it revived these old-fashioned names that had lost some of their lustre. So much so, in fact, that vegan leather products are increasingly common in the world of fashion.
The "vegan leather" used in shoes, bags, belts and other accessories is actually made up of a variety of plastics such as polyurethane and PVC. Some brands are even surfing high on the wave of this new trend, such as the Spanish By Blanch brand, with its synthetic leather made from vegetable oil-varnished polyurethane. The Canadian Matt & Nat brand, an international reference in the vegan leather trend, also uses polyurethane and PVC to manufacture its bags and shoes. And in order to be completely eco-friendly, the linings of their products are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Around 21 plastic bottles are recycled for each bag produced.