Plastic creates pollution. We are well aware of this fact. Today, the world is going through the ‘Green Revolution’ and minimizing the use of plastic to save the environment. To say so, we all are a part of this revolution. To curb the problem of plastic further, alternatives are being looked for every plastic material. This also includes ‘Pleather’.
Pleather, though not completely plastic, has considerably hazardous implications when used in access. Alternatives vegan leather, products made of plants, and other natural materials are being manufactured to replace pleather.
Let us understand what the other alternatives of Pleather and how to use them are.
What is Pleather?
Pleather - a combination of both plastic and leather - was developed in the year 1920 in the United States and was the first rubber-based artificial leather. It is mainly referred to as plastic leather. It is mainly used to manufacture clothing, furniture upholstery, laptop cases, belts, purses, wallets, etc.
Eco-friendly Alternatives of Pleather
Now since our lifestyle is going through a major change, plant-based materials are more in demand. Sustainable fashion trends that were dependent on pleather for a better output are considering more eco-friendly options.
Sustainable Eco-friendly sneakers
Fashion brands are designing innovative sustainable fashion using materials and ingredients using fruits, plants, and recycled waste materials. Estimates have suggested that the global vegan leather market will reach up to $89.6 billion. If Google Adwords data is to be believed, vegan-related searches on google increased by 47% since 2020. This is shoe matchmaking.
Brands are also experimenting with fruits such as pineapple, apples, and cactus to make sneakers. In partnership with Dr. Theanne Schiros, assistant FIT professor, NYC sneaker brand Public School created a “backyard compostable” sneaker made from a “leather” substitute grown using a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, which is a key ingredient in kombucha. According to Dr. Schiros, the leather substitute has up to a 97% lower carbon footprint than synthetic polyurethane (PU) leather.
Shoes made of such sustainable materials are in high demand. They have originally grown materials like cotton canvas, natural rubber for soles, and laces made of hemp.
Waste materials like ocean plastic, balloons, and cotton byproducts ae are used to make fashionable items. Other than shoes, items such as kimonos, wrap tops, pillowcases, and sleep masks are a few items that are manufactured using recycled waste materials.
Bamboo linings are also used to make clothes and shoes as an alternative to pleather.
Not just cloth and shoes, consumers are also looking for leather alternatives of Pleather for car accessories, furniture, and other interior decoratives. One of the major brands of vegan leather Lambert uses polyurethane - vegan leather to make car and home decors. Also, some brands use mushrooms as an alternative to Pleather to make home and car decors.
Ford Motor Company lately introduced an all-electric and Pleather free interior car in an SUV range. BMW also announced that it is not shifting to more eco-friendly car interior options. It is planning to make car seats from recycled fabric and not Pleather.
Plant-based ingredients are a better alternative to animal-based products or Pleather. The use of plastic in fewer quantities still proves harmful to the environment. Opting for eco-friendly products that are more vegan not only saves the environment but are also not harmful to animals in any way.
Pleather alternatives are made of plants, fruits and vegetables which are used to make clothes, home decors and other life trendy things we use in our daily lives.
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