Is it easy to buy vegan bags? Of course it is! They’re as fashionable as those with leather or suede, yet great on your conscience.
Everybody knows fur, leather, and suede have long term effects that go beyond animal suffering. I mean, let’s ignore the terrible industry that puts animals below any sort of humane consideration for a minute. We’re not going to show you gory pictures or videos that would make your skin curl up. You can Google PETA videos for that.
But another aspect that we often forget with our quest for ‘pure leather’ sometimes is the environment. Leather and suede undergo a process called tanning. Now that stuff emits various types of toxins into the ground water and fumes into the air.
So let’s assume you either care a little bit about animals, and a lot about the environment. I mean Leo Di Caprio spoke about the environment at possibly his only Oscar acceptance speech ever. Must mean something right?
Still not convinced? Just go for a walk outside. Yes, that.
And let’s be honest. It’s so expensive to own real leather. There’s fewer animals these days to kill, which is driving the price up. Funny isn’t it? (Unless you’re a Mexican drug lord that brags about alligators, ostriches and dragons on their bags and shoes).
With advancement in technology, there’s more options for the discerning customer today. You’ve got pleather (polyurethane), you’ve got cork leather (more reason to pop some wine bottles), PVC (not what you’re thinking) and hell they’ve even managed to make leather out of pineapples!
“In India itself, a lot of vegetarian entrepreneurs have begun questioning themselves over using leather products. This has given rise to a whole range of brands that are exclusively vegan or boast a line or two that are cruelty-free and sustainable.
Bata (yep, good old Bata!), Baggit , Eco Wings, I – Ethos, Ladida Cruelty Free Handbags , Noel Jansen handbags, Vegalyfe (amazing prices), are some of the best options that you can explore.
For the well-traveled individual (or those with cousins from Amrika), your options become even crazier.
Brands like Jill Milan, Gunas (Guys and girls!), Willby, LuLus (they change designers and keep limited stocks, unique as hell!), Jay Sales (these may remind you of Pallika Bazar or ColabaCauseway :p), CMPLT UNKNWN, Stella McCartney (ok we hope your Amrikan cousins are reallyrich), Paguro (totes amazing), Matt and Natt (unisex ranges), Corkor’s (Cork leather for both men and women, looks so unique!) and more!
It’s literally that simple to go leather free. And why stop at bags, think of everywhere that you find it. Wallets, shoes, belts, clutches, even upholstery! Anyone who thinks pure leather seating in their car is luxurious has clearly never sat on this gorgeous Alcantara.