For many vegans, the benefit of a leather-free wardrobe is obvious – abstaining from leather means abstaining from animal cruelty. However, eliminating animal cruelty from your wardrobe is just one of the benefits from removing leather from your wardrobe.
From A to Z, we’ve assembled an exhaustive list of fabrics, materials, and textiles. “V” indicates vegan, “N” for non-vegan, and “N/V” are materials that can be made of both vegan and non-vegan materials (potentially requiring a little extra research to make sure no animals were harmed!).
Most leather comes from the skin of animals raised for meat. Contrary to popular belief, animal skins (along with wool, fur, feathers) are not the byproduct of the meat industry. In fact, a cow’s skin can be the most profitable portion of the cow’s body, making up half of all profits of slaughterhouses that process cattle. Leather is a not a by-product, it is a co-product. This means that leather helps make the meat industry—and animal farming—profitable, which is destroying the planet.