There are many reasons why you should not use animal leather in your products. The most important one is that it is unethical towards animals. In addition, using animal leather contributes to the cruelty inflicted on animals raised for meat. Furthermore, using animal leather is bad for the environment, humans and animals in general. This blog post will focus on the main reasons why animal leather should not be used in products and highlight an alternative product that is available due to new technology.

Did you know that animal leather is unethical?

Most people don't think twice about where their leather comes from. They see it as a natural product, but they don't realise the cruelty behind it. Leather comes from the skin of slaughtered animals, and most of them are killed inhumanely.

What animals are used to make leather?

A wide variety of animal species are used to make leather — most notably cattle, but also pigs, goats, sheep, crocodiles, snakes, sting rays, seals, emus, deer, fish, kangaroos, horses, cats and dogs. Some of the softest and most high quality leather is often made from newborn calves.

Are leather products labelled?

Because there is no requirement to label leather products in certain countries, it can be extremely difficult and often impossible for a consumer to ascertain which species of animal it has come from. Sometimes even cat and dog skin has been found on sale.

How is leather treated?

Once an animal's skin is removed , it is preserved through a process called tanning, tanning prevents the skin from decomposing.

Tanning is a process that converts the skin into leather. The most common tanning method uses chromium salts, which produce toxic waste products including carcinogens.

Other chemicals used in tanning include formaldehyde, coal tar derivatives, and various oils and dyes. These can cause skin diseases, respiratory problems, and even cancer. In addition to these health hazards, the use of such chemicals also pollutes water supplies and releases toxins into the environment.

What are the alternatives to animal leather?

Advances in technology mean more products are available now that are a great alternative to animal leather and don't have any of the negative impacts.

One such product is Apple Leather. It looks and feels like leather, but is cruelty-free, sustainable and environmentally friendly. Apple leather is made from apples that would otherwise go to waste. The apple skin is turned into a pulp, which is then combined with other natural ingredients to create a material that can be used in place of Animal leather.

Apple leather is being used to create Tote Bags, Purses and Crossbody Bags. Three piece Bag sets are available on our website. So, the next time you're looking for a new handbag, purse or tote, consider the alternative and choose products made from Apple Leather. It's better for the animals, the environment and your conscience!

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March 18, 2022 — Tamika Duddington