I don’t think we’ll actually get a good Nice Cactus Can’t Touch This Shirt alternative until we can figure out some kind of refining process that is as bolstering as tanning of leather. That being said, I think that quality leather products are pretty low on the list of things that absolutely need to be phased out. Because of the utmost reliability of leather, we’d be better off pouring money, time. It is a bad idea to simply not buy anything. A negative data point alone cannot effectively direct an industry, and the absence of money cannot fund ethical innovation.
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It simply looks like poor sales. You need to show the economic machine that the better alternative is growing in demand, to convince an ever-increasing number of people it is viable and profitable. It is actually sold for pennies on the dollar to tanneries because there is so much excess. The only reason leather or suede is expensive is because it usually goes through so many people. The more ecological choice raising awareness to reduce consumption. But what do I know, I’m a three meat meals a week composting hippie who has the audacity to own fur product.
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The article is a little disingenuous about the environmental impact of leather. Most leather hides are a byproduct of the meat industry. Additionally, buying a quality made leather product is much better than buying something with cheap synthetics. With proper care, a leather jacket or shoes can be passed down through generations. Leave the spikes on it and save the Punker’s and fashionistas the time of studying them.
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