With the passion of the vegan movement, many vegetal alternatives to leather are experienced. And, little more not negligible, they are just as canons as their animal pendant
If fur continues to divide the fashion industry, animal leather is also regularly pinned by animal rights advocates, PETA leading the way. We also remember the video shock she had shown last year, showing clients discovering with fright the organs of animals “alive” in the beautiful leather bags enthroned in a fleeting shop, ingenious way to remember That behind the leather there are billions of animals killed in unsustainable conditions. In addition, leather tanning is extremely polluting, making the leather industry one of the most devastating for the planet. So many reasons to make us want to opt for other alternatives to leather, switching to vegetable fashion.
The Spanish artist Carmen Hijosa is the source of the piñatex, whose idea came to him when he discovered in the Philippines a ceremonial textile made from fibers of pineapple leaves. Usually discarded during harvest, the leaves of this exotic fruit are here recovered to give body to this material 100% vegetable and in addition, hyper ecological. For info, one square meter of piñatex requires about 16 pineapples. Unquestionably, this material is the one on which the fashion industry Vegan, being both delicate and robust but also extremely modulable. It can indeed give it this crocodile effect to pimper bags, shoes, wallets or clothes!
Muskin is a leather made from mushroom hats that does not use any chemical substance. Hyper natural, it also has the gift of absorbing moisture, which helps prevent the proliferation of bacteria, something inevitable for this accessory that we carry around and never think to wash. In addition to its ecological, ethical and sanitary qualities, the muskin is aesthetic, resembling deer or chamois leather, but even more flexible. That is promising!
Also known as “forest fabric” – originating from the extractive reserves of the Southern Amazon – rubber leather is made from latex, the hevea sap. Extremely respectful of the environment and the local Amazonian community, this handmade vegetable material is heir to traditional cultures. Many good points!
If vegan leather is still tending to be democratized, the debate is now underway and the initiatives are increasingly promising. Stella McCartney, who has been using noble and exclusively vegetable materials for aesthetic and ethical rhyme, is still waiting for the fashion world to come to the fore. Congratulations!