Eco-friendly Interior Design: Real Vs. Faux Leather
So... Leather - Leather can be a contentious issue for people looking for an eco-friendly option. I feel that recycled and reclaimed leather is the best option, as opposed to vegan leather, or new leather marketed otherwise marketed as eco-friendly. For instance, chrome-free leather still has many other chemicals in its processing such as dyes, softeners, and the like. Reclaimed and recycled leather does not create demand for more cows/new leather.
What about "vegan" leather? Well, It's usually made from petroleum oil. We don't want to support that industry where the process emits chemicals, the extraction is damaging to the environment AND it breaks down much sooner than real leather, going into the waste stream sooner, and creating demand for a replacement sooner. No bueno!