Vegan Leather For Men: The What, The How, The Why You Should Rock It

Eco-Fashion, Sustainability, Sustainable Fashion, Vegan Leather

What's so great about vegan leather? Only everything.

Alright, let’s start at the top! What’s the deal with vegan leather, and why is the new buzz word? Everyone in the sustainable fashion industry is talking about it, and honestly, we can’t blame them. It’s pretty great. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about this material. What it is, how it’s created, why you should rock it, and who the heck makes it! Read on to discover everything you need to know about vegan leather for men and how to get it in your closet.

What is vegan leather? And why shouldn’t you just go out and buy the real deal? Well, if you’re still reading, odds are you care at least a little about the Earth and how to reduce your carbon footprint while living here. Vegan leather looks feels and acts like leather, but it harms no animals in the process. Some other names it has are “faux leather,” “synthetic leather,” or “artificial leather.” In short, it has a look and feel of leather, but uses other materials.

How is vegan leather made? Is it really that much better? It’s a loaded question, but we’ll give you the SparkNotes version. Most vegan leather, is in fact, made of some plastic material, and we know, there’s also a plastic problem here on Earth. But, as we’ve heard reported countless times, cutting back and eliminating your consumption of animal products is one of the best things you can do to help the planet (leather included).

PVC or PU is usually what it’s made out of, which is a plastic/chemical compound. PU is more sustainable than PVC, but a tad more expensive. PU utilizes fewer layers and has a controlled and regulated chemical process. It is also biodegradable. If you’re looking for the more sustainable option, definitely opt for PU!

If you’re looking for the most sustainable option, there are a plethora of other types of vegan leather such as pinatex, cork leather, wine leather, mushroom leather, to name a few. They all have original processes. For example, Pinatex is made from stripping down pineapple leaves or decortication. From there, the fibers are converted into leather. There is also a process that does this with apple peels! If you’re really committed to finding the most sustainable option, opt for one of these!

Why does choosing vegan over real leather matter? Aside from the obvious, that an animal is killed in the process, the process of actually converting the skin into leather isn’t any better.

Leather is made by tanning the skin—usually cows but other animals as well, such as goats, kangaroos, crocodiles, and more. You may think we eat cows; they are already dying. However, we don’t eat the other animals; those animals are dying for no reason. And like we said, the process that actually converts the skin to leather is hugely harmful to the environment.

80% of leather is tanned using Chrome, which is a toxic process. This process releases toxic waste to our waterways, which causes massive water pollution, and is harmful to the tanning workers.

So now you get it, it’s not good. But how do you get vegan leather for men? Luckily for all of there are a ton of awesome brands that have committed to making excellent vegan leather products. If you don’t know where to start in your search for vegan leather, no worries! We did the heavy lifting.

Doshi - Polished Chrome Belt

Doshi is a California based company that offers vegan leather handbags, backpacks, briefcases, belts, and accessories. Before prototypes go out into the world, they are pulled, tugged, scratched, to make sure it acts just like real leather. They even visit their factories and ask an annoying amount of questions to ensure manufacturing is as ethical as their leather.

One of our favorite products is their Polished Chrome Belt. It looks identical to a real leather belt, and is smooth, simple, and strong, to stay with you through it all.

Will's Vegan Shoes -Signature Derby

Will’s Vegan Shoes has been committed to bringing you sustainable shoes since 2012. They craft 100% vegan shoes from the material to the glue. Everything they make is even vegan society registered.

We love their Signature Derby men’s dress shoes. They are ethically made in Portugal, and even the shipping process is carbon neutral, plastic-free, and eco-friendly. These sharp-looking shoes are made with vegan Italian suede and recycled rubber insoles. We promise you’ll be turning some heads.

Matt & Nat Sydney backpack

Matt & Nat is a huge proponent of not harming animals. They always have vegan leather as an option when possible. They opt for eco-friendly materials such as recycled nylon, cork, and rubber.

They opt for PU over PVC as much as possible. All their lining is made of 100% recycled water bottles. They do it all from bags to shoes, and beyond. We love Matt & Nat because their styles are timeless, durable, and meant to have for a long time.

We love their Sydney Vegan Leather Backpack. It’s the perfect work or travel bag. It looks nicer than any old backpack, and you can feel good about wearing it, too!

There you have it! Everything you need to know about vegan leather for men. Finding vegan leather shouldn’t be a burden. Think of it as doing something nice for yourself and the environment!

You already know how amazing the planet is, now it’s time to protect it. We can change the narrative by buying eco-friendly and sustainable clothing.

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