WHAT IS VEGAN LEATHER?
Vegan leather generally speaking is any material that is vegan (not from an animal) that resembles the look and feel of real leather. Vegan leather is currently made using a variety of natural and synthetic materials.
Our shoes are made with a combination of PU (Polyurethane) and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). We preference PU where possible, as it is more environmentally friendly than PVC. When considering the environment, although our vegan leather is made from petrochemicals, the process of turning animal hides into leather is far more energy intensive as well as a largely polluting practice.
When thinking about leather, we must also factor in the energy and land that it takes to raise a cow and then the further environmental impact of tanning its skin. Although our vegan leather is not a perfect environmentally friendly option, in our opinion it is by far the lesser of the ‘two evils’.
When considering ethics, vegan leather is obviously the ethically sound choice as no animals are killed to create it.