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What Is Vegan Leather? 

by Fabian Jackson

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Are you curious to learn a little more about vegan leather/ You’ve come to the right place – keep reading to discover lots about this vegan alternative to leather that’s used in everything from bags and shoes, to clothes, watch straps and even car seats or upholstery. 

What is vegan leather?

Vegan leather isn’t just one material, but a whole gang. You might know vegan leather by some of its members from over the years – synthetic leather, pleather, PVC, artificial leather and most recently, plant-leathers. 

Vegan leather can be any material that’s been designed to look and feel like traditional leather but made using either synthetic or natural materials. 

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What is vegan leather made from?

Vegan leather can be made in many different ways, which also means there are many different ingredients that can go into it. Some of the most common are plastics (polyvinyl chloride), plants like cacti, pineapples and mushrooms or even yeast and collagen to grow bio leather.

How is vegan leather made? 

There are three main ways to produce vegan leather:

  • PVC (plastic-based or ‘pleather’) 
  • Plant-based vegan leather 
  • Biofabrication/ Bioleather 

Learn more about these methods here next. 

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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