We have outlined above some of the most popular materials used in faux and vegan leather – but some other materials are often used. Materials used in vegan fashion come from varied sources, such as cork, paper, and waxed cotton. The last two substances are the most commonly used in synthetic leather and the ones with the biggest environmental impact.
PVC has been the relied-upon faux leather material for many years. However, We at Gowma, know that PVC relates to the harmful chemical processes involved in its manufacture. Additionally, worries have arisen because PVC contains dioxins which, when burnt, are released to the atmosphere and are hazardous to humans and animals alike.
How to tell the difference between faux leather and real leather
There are several ways to tell the difference between faux leather and real leather:
Take a close look at the pores – while in faux leather the pores are usually placed in a consistent pattern, in real leather the pores are more randomly placed.
Touch the material – Vegan leather is often a lot thinner than real leather and much lighter in weight which is great for fashion as it makes it potentially easier to work.
Smell – Real leather products have a distinctive smell which would probably smell very bad for a vegan’s nose.