We have to admit it, animal cruelty prevails, even in the most civilized countries. But it gets much worse in countries that don't have the staff and resources to deal with it. Even if the supporters of the animal cause, do their best to assert the rights of animals in the face of human cruelty, there are still those who participate in hunting safari, who collect animal "trophies", or wear skins. dead animals on their shoulders or as a carpet.
The last century alone has provided us with so many natural alternatives to animal fur and leather, but some continue to ignore the idea of a harmonious life between humans and animals.
Wearing fur coats, leather belts, parading with your ultra-trendy leather bag from the latest fashion designer, and so on, are all signs of support for animal cruelty.
The painful killing of these animals, killed and butchered, only for their skin no longer makes sense! The more the demand for fur, bags and leather shoes increases, the more the number of animals killed increases.
So ! What are the alternatives to Animal leather?
Fish leather! Yes it exists!
The finished product is as noble as reptile leather: supple, resistant and even waterproof. It is made from food fish waste.
Fish leather has a structure that differs from other types of traditional leather. The fibers that compose it are crisscrossed, which therefore allows a much greater resistance to tearing than traditional leathers.
Indeed, fish brave sea currents at speeds between 50 and 70 km / h. Naturally their skin is therefore more resistant than that of terrestrial fauna, this property is found in the resulting leathers.
In the past, cork was often used to make the heels of shoes. But now, what is called cork leather, also called cork skin, a very fine, supple and resistant material is used as a vegetable alternative to traditional animal leather. They are made into handbags, wallets, jewelry and shoes. Made from the bark of the cork oak, cork leather does not require the tree to be felled. Better the latter consumes up to 9X more CO2 to regenerate its bark. Harvesting takes place every 9 years, making it a renewable and sustainable resource.
Pineapple leather, also known as Piñаtеx, is an innovative and renewable material, made from pineapple leaves, making it another real alternative to animal leather.
The biggest advantage of this culture is its positive impact on the environment. Since it uses the leaves of pineapples it does not require any additional surface to cultivate, no more water, no fertilizers or insecticides. It's a great way to convert waste back into high value product.
To top it off, the residues resulting from the extraction of the fiber from which we make leather, are recovered to make fertilizer for guess what ... do for pineapples!!