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Why no leather?
Out of love for the Planet, out of love for Animals, out of love for Men, our items are made without leather:
10 reasons not to wear leather
1- The transformation of skin into leather requires dangerous chemicals
Although some manufacturers falsely present their products as ``environmentally friendly´´, the transformation of skins into leather requires a large quantity of dangerous chemicals, such as mineral salts, formaldehyde, derivatives of coal and tar, various oils, dyes and varnishes, some of which are cyanide-based. Leather, the most widespread in the world, is often tanned using chrome. Environmental authorities in the United States have classified all chromium-containing waste as hazardous.
2- Poisons in tanning wastewater
Wastewater from tanneries contains many harmful substances such as salts, calcium, sulphates and acids. Tanning stabilizes the collagen and protein fibers in the hides so that they are no longer biodegradable, which means they no longer rot. A tannery wastes more than 56,000 liters of water and rejects as much persistent waste (such as hair, flesh, etc.) for the production of one ton of skins. The water table around a tannery has a high level of lead, cyanide and formaldehyde. Leather tanning also generates 800,000 tons of chrome waste per year.
3- Risks to human health
Leather products, which most often come into direct contact with our skin, can contain high concentrations of hexavalent chromium, a harmful chemical and potent allergen. They can produce allergic skin reactions such as eczema. People working or living near a tannery increase their health risk.
Many of them die of cancer caused by the dangerous chemicals released by the tanneries. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States shows that the rate of leukemia patients among the inhabitants of a town in Kentucky near a tannery is 5 times higher than the national average. Arsenic, a chemical frequently used in tanneries, has long been known to cause lung cancer among workers who regularly come into contact with it. Studies of tanner workers in Sweden and Italy have shown their cancer risks to be 20-25% higher.
4- Intensive farming is killing our climate
5- A huge need for water
Around 70% of exploited natural water resources are consumed by agriculture. Animal husbandry, and intensive production in particular, guzzle up a lot of water (to give you an idea, around 25,000 liters of drinking water are needed for 1 kg of meat). The feed needed by the dairies and their waste water (the skin of cows from the dairy industry that have reached the end of their exploitation are transformed into leather) contribute considerably to the pollution of the water.
6- Leather is a fuel for flammable materials
The 'production' of animals gobbles up huge amounts of fossil fuels. Textile dressing, on the contrary, requires only a tiny part of oil consumption. A study in Bangladesh showed that the leather industry was more harmful to the environment than the textiles, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers and paper industries combined.
7- Leather contributes to hunger in the world
Nearly 1 billion people, including 100,000 million children, are hungry in the world. And yet there would be enough to eat for each of them. Because land, water and other resources, which could be used for the cultivation of human food, are instead wasted for the production of food for intensively farmed animals. Thus, it is 50% of the world's cereal harvests and 90% of soybeans that feed livestock, primarily in industrialized countries.
8- Leather imported from Asia
Under no circumstances does a leather product available in Germany come exclusively from Europe. Most of the skins are imported from Asia, where the growing leather industry is perhaps one of the worst in the world. More and more of the leathers used in Europe come from China, where dogs and cats are cruelly killed for their coats and skins. The skins of dogs and cats, simply labeled ``leather´´, appear in the most diverse products. The Asian leather industry is practically not subject to any environmental protection standards.
9- Vegetarians don't wear leather
Those who follow a vegetarian diet may find no appeal in leather. The leather industry is closely linked to the meat industry, and is certainly not 'just' a derivative or residual product. Those who cannot stand an animal being horribly tortured and killed, just for the fleeting pleasure of our palates, cannot reconcile this with wearing leather either. A vegetarian diet should therefore be accompanied by a conversion to leather alternatives, and thus also guarantee an excellent contribution to climate and environmental protection.
10- The suffering of the environment and animals
Wearing leather hurts the environment, the climate, the people who make it and first and foremost the animals. The only people who benefit are those who, from the suffering of others, generate substantial profits.
At the end of this VEGAN For the People video. For the Planet. For the Animals.
(Which we can only advise you to watch) the commentator says:
Every day you are invited to make choices.
Live your values – change the world!
Which means: “Every day you are asked to make choices.
Live your values – “change the world!
We particularly like this sentence, because each of us, whoever he is, has in his hands the possibility of changing the world a little, and this every day!