Is plant-based the future of leather?
Updated: Aug 13, 2021
Why Choose PEEL Lab's Vegan Leather
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Changing Consumer Behaviour
With recent zoonotic disease, consumer behaviors are going through titanic changes especially with millennials and Gen-Z. From plant-based or alternative protein to upcycling plastics, luxury fashion is one area drawing incredible attention especially for corporates keen to check the ESG box. That’s why vegan leather is now the talk of the town, specifically bio-materials from farms and vineyards.
More Than Synthetic
Vegan leather is more than Pleather and can be made from organic and sustainable materials, such as fruit waste, discarded food and even mushrooms. Vegan leather is cruelty-free and animal-friendly. No animals are sacrificed in the process of making vegan leather. Most vegan leather is sustainable and environmentally friendly. ‘Most’ because PU and PVC synthetic leather is not sustainable. Lesser CO2 and greenhouse emissions than animal leather since raising animals is one of the main sources of pollution and CO2 emission. Lesser toxic chemicals are used since toxic chemicals are used to ‘tan and finish’ animal skin into the material we call leather. Vegan leather is waterproof and easier to maintain. Not all animal leather is waterproof. Moreover, maintenance can be expensive.
Vegan leather can be made to order. As a result, there’s no material wastage as all parts and sizes are cut according to the designer’s needs. PEEL (https://linktr.ee/peelco) is one company on a journey to create sustainable fashion with customized designs or white-labeling. Its mission is to save both animals and climate by empowering corporates to elevate luxury fashion the sustainable way and looking to achieve SDG 12, 13 an 15. Its factories and craftsmanship have an outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility since it is extremely important to ensure the supply chain is ethical and considerate to fair wages, working conditions and labor practices.
A Growing Market Size
With vegan leather estimated to reach US$89 billion by 2025 and growing almost 50% annually with Asia dominating, consumers will be looking for more animal-free products, ranging from footwear, garments and furniture.