While vegetarianism and veganism have been on the rise and more and more people are choosing to not consume meat or animal products, it hasn’t really led any less demand for meat consumption.
In fact, the world over meat production has increased 4 times to what it was almost 50 years ago. This can mainly be attributed to not only an increase in population but countries getting richer as well. As the world gets richer, meat consumption goes up. This leads to an increase in more waste from the meat industry, namely animal hides. These hides are a by-product of the meat industry and form the raw material for the leather industry. Check uptownjungle.com.
Unfortunately, with the advent of faux or vegan leather, the demand for leather manufactured from the animal hides has gone down. And while we might argue on the grounds of cruelty but the fact remains that the leather industry is not slaughtering animals for their hides.
In fact, the leather industry provides a perfect solution for recycling for a biowaste with otherwise gets dumped in landfills and causes even more ecological damage.
Not only this, but the “Vegan” leather is basically manufactured from plastic and fossil fuel-based products which are not only non-sustainable but non-biodegradable and cannot be recycled.
Today due to wrong information and unfortunately an unjustified media hype created against leather many meat production plants are dumping almost 60% of their hides due to a global decrease in animal skin demand.
The question then arises at this point exactly what is sustainable and are we really protecting the planet?
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