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Our aim is to see all animal based fabrics replaced with sustainable alternatives. We want to achieve this by making leather alternatives as easily available as possible.
We carefully select our suppliers to offer environmentally friendly leather alternatives.
All our products are produced either using waste materials or using energy- and water-efficient agricultural processes.
The manufacturers we collaborate with are working towards completely closing the loop in the lifecycle of their fabrics.
And it is important to us that manufacturers of our products are steadily increasing the biobased content of the fabrics, as well as working on improving performance characteristics.
We don’t want to overwhelm you with too much detail, so we’ll just give you an environmental key fact for each of the types of fabrics we sell:
– Each linear meter of Piñatex® prevents the equivalent of 12kg CO2 from being emitted.
– A preliminary life cycle analysis has shown that the production of Desserto® fabrics uses 0.7% of the water used for producing PU, and 0.06% of the water used for making animal leather.
One of the most beautiful aspects of the materials we offer is that they don’t just avoid negative environmental impact, but create positive impact. They are products of plant growth, i.e. they come with carbon sequestration naturally built in.
You can find more information on the environmental performance of the respective materials on the Ananas Anam / Piñatex® website and the Desserto® website.
For a fabric to be considered an alternative to leather, it has to match or exceed the functional performance of leather at least to a certain extent. The fabrics we sell have been developed to a rigorous standard to satisfy some of the most demanding customers out there – such as car manufacturers.
The leather alternatives we are selling have been created relatively recently, so there is no way of knowing whether they would be able to last as long as leather – in all likelihood they won’t last as long. But much of the leather products are not used for the duration of their theoretical lifetime anyway; for example, people don’t use a car for fifty years just because the leather upholstery might last that long.
That difference in average lifetime of actual use must be weighed up against the difference in environmental impact. Given the terrible toxicity of leather production, vegan leather alternatives are clearly winning in this tradeoff.
We are a Peta approved vegan shop.