Leather Substitutes Resource Guide

Posted on: Thu, 08/25/2005 - 22:13 By: Tom Swiss
Compiled by Tom Swiss

A guide for those attempting to reduce or eliminate their use of animal skins for clothing and other uses.

Table of Contents:

Part I: General Information

Part II: Sources of Non-Leather Goods

Part III: Specific Items

Part IV: The Rest of The Story

a truly sustainable, renewable, natural and non-toxic alternative to animal leather is cork leather. Unkorkd, a UK-based store, has launched its new "Natures Leather" range of fashion bags & accessories, gifts and men's products at www.naturesleather.com

Not admitting that it's fake is tantamount to encouraging people to wear the real thing, which sounds hypocritical when you're campaigning against it. So is a self-proclaimed vegetarian wearing one, even if it was given or purchased before he/she became vegetarian. You wear it, you endorse it. That's a clear picture.

a truly sustainable, renewable, natural and non-toxic alternative to animal leather is cork leather. Unkorkd, a UK-based store, has launched its new "Natures Leather" range of fashion bags & accessories, gifts and men's products at www.naturesleather.com

boediger

I have been an avid supporter of cork leather ever since I've turned green 5 years ago. It is a great environmentally friendly product that is a great substitute for conventional leather. Unkorkd is a great vendor to look for.

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Frank
Immigration lawyer

Hi it's been a while that I have been looking for some alternative to leather. I'm not looking for specific items, I just need the animal-free leather to do some circus props. What kind of material and where can I find it? Can anyone help? Thanks!

Vegan Wares carries a microfiber material:

http://www.veganwares.com/microfibre.htm

Vegan Erotica carries Lorica, another microfiber material:

http://www.veganerotica.com/store/default.php/cPath/35?osCsid=856deab93…

There is a company that makes motorcycle safety gear out of
Lorica, so it's pretty durable. If you're doing anything that's
supposed to be weight-bearing, though, please test carefully!

Good luck.
Tom Swiss - proprietor, unreasonable.org

Hello, I am currently looking to source a vegetarian leather substitute that is not made from synthetic materials which are harmful to the environment, in production and in terms of biodegradability. Do you have any ideas? I am pretty stuck!
Thankyou,
Harriet

Tom - The resources listed above have been of great help to me in my potential vegan business research - thanks a plenty!

I market a product that my be considered by some as an alternative - it is fish leather, and it is distinguished from other leathers by the absence of most of the chemical pollutants used to remove hair from animals, as fish only have scales that need to be removed. www.sealeatherwear.com.

People who care about animals doesn't need to be warned or lectured about not using animal leather. Many bike riders like to do heavy leathered fashion so as to prove themselves a bike hunk. If they could think a bit about the origins of their outfit it would definitely picture them out differently. I am also a bike rider but i don't like wearing leather accessories while riding my bike or any other time. Hope everyone could think that way.

This is a great site. I am always looking eco friendly alternatives.
We have a great alternative to leather wallets. Our wallets are partially made from post consumer recycled materials and can be recycled when you are ready for a new wallet. Our wallets are TEAR RESISTANT & WATER PROOF because of it's millions of interlocking high-density plastic fibers.

Check us out at http://www.inevitablewallets.com

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