Here's Why You Shouldn't Buy a Leather Sofa
You might think that leather sofas look luxurious, are easier to keep, or are more comfortable, but the reality is, that none of these things are true.
Before you buy a leather couch; you might want to consider a fabric sofa. Why? for starters, leather sofas are not as comfortable as fabric sofas which are softer, and warmer.
Leather is more sensitive to fluctuations in temperature, meaning that it can feel warmer in the summer and chillier in the winter.
Did you know that it takes 2-3 hides to make a small couch and at least a half a dozen for a large one?
Is it really necessary to kill half a dozen cows for a couch? don't think so.
Leather processing is a complicated process, involving tanning, dyeing, finishing, and more. Involved in all of these steps is a slew of chemicals— most of which are terrible for the environment. -Onegreenplanet.org
If you would still like to stick with the leather look, there are dozens of leather alternatives which can look and feel just as, if not better than actual leather. Faux leather is very durable and lasts a long time. It withstands scratches and scrapes that would wreck original leather, faux leather is also stain resistant and will not fade as easily in UV lighting.
Natural Vegan Leather Options (purseforthepeople.com)
If you want materials that are both vegan AND sustainable, there are some choice options for you to choose from.
Cork – this is taken directly from the wood of the cork oak tree. Lean cork shavings are combined to make a fabric sometimes called “cork skin.” Cork material is known for its soft texture and is naturally waterproof.
Barkcloth – this material is found in the Moraceae tree bark. The leather-like material is striped and shaped, used as a softer leather alternative.
Cotton canvas – while cotton may not be what you first think of when you look for leather alternatives, cotton canvas is shiny, stretched and buffed, greatly resembling genuine leather.
Paper – obviously biodegradable, paper is sustainable but not exactly leather-like. However, cardboard massaged with natural oils to soften it and backed with canvas is extremely close to the real thing.
Dinamica – this material is a type of faux suede made from 100% recycled PET. You often see it used in the automotive and furniture industries. Manufacturing this material requires 60% fewer carbon emissions than conventional polyester fabrics.
Pinatex – made from the waste of pineapple leaves
Okinawa – plant and wood-based leather substitute products fabricated and developed in Italy
Ultrasuede- Comprising 100 percent reconstituted post-industrial material
Stella McCartney – has developed her own PVC free leather substitute.
Ocean leather: a leather made from kelp