While our intention is not to dictate choices, we hope that our products and our story can facilitate informed decision-making. We believe that anyone who cares about animals and the environment should become informed about the ethical and environmental issues surrounding the leather industry. This is a topic we cannot afford to ignore.
The environmental impact of animal leather
Animal leather carries an incredibly high environmental impact. Animal agriculture is responsible for approximately 18% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, and fuels the destruction of our rainforests. The production of leather is notoriously energy and water-intensive.
Animal - Cruelty
The process of leather-making is undeniably cruel and inflicts harm on both animals and humans. Purchasing leather directly contributes to factory farms and slaughterhouses, as animal hides are a vital co-product of the meat industry. About 85% of these hides come from animals confined in inhumane conditions within intensive factory farms, exempt from cruelty laws that protect our companion animals.(source:)
The pursuit of cheaper leather has driven a significant portion of the leather industry to relocate to countries like China, India, Brazil, and Russia. And these countries often have less stringent labor rights, environmental regulations, and animal welfare standards. China alone accounts for over 25% of the global leather industry and is notorious for killing over 2 million dogs and cats annually for their meat and skin. And what many of us do not know, is that a considerable portion of the leather sold in the U.S. and Europe originates from these countries as well.
The reason we do not know this, is because there aren't any international requirements to label leather products, which makes it difficulty to determine their origins or the animal used.
And despite considering ourselves animal lovers, and taking delight in their joy and sharing in their pain, and the idea of causing them harm unnecessarily is unbearable for many of us. When it comes to what we consume or wear, a growing number of people are choosing a narrative that minimises or eliminates animal suffering.