Why we believe in replacing animal leather
As well as being needlessly cruel, the environmental and social impact of producing animal leather is incredibly high. Animal agriculture accounts for around 19% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions and is driving the destruction of our rainforests.
According to the WWF, the farming of cattle for beef and leather products is responsible for 80% of the Amazon’s deforestation. Around 1.4 billion hides and skins of animals were used in global leather production in 2020 alone. That is approximately one animal for every five people on the planet.
Leather tanning is commonly outsourced to developing countries, where people must work in poor conditions with little safety or protections in place and are exposed to harmful and carcinogenic tanning chemicals. In Bangladesh, 90% of tannery workers die before the age of 50.
Discover more about our cruelty-free alternatives to animal leather.
Which of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals does VEGEA’s material production support?
- 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructur
- 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
- 17. Partnerships for the Goals
 Agricultural subsidies and global greenhouse gas emissions (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-22703-1)
 ‘What are the biggest drivers of tropical deforestation?’, WWF. (https://www.worldwildlife.org/magazine/issues/summer-2018/articles/what-are-the-biggest-drivers-of-tropical-deforestation)
 Bangladesh's toxic tanneries turning a profit at an intolerable human price | Employment | The Guardian