What do you Know about the Leather Industry

 

 

 

Source: Inside Bangladesh's Polluted, Billion-Dollar Leather Industry from WIRED https://www.wired.com/2017/01/adib-chowdhury-a-thousand-polluted-gardens-inside-bangladeshs-polluted-billion-dollar-leather-industry/

Photo Source: Wired, Inside Bangladesh's Polluted Billion Dollar Leather Industry

Leather can be made from the skin of cows, pigs, sheep, goats, alligators, even ostriches and kangaroos - though cow skin makes up approximately 65% of all leather produced worldwide. 

The cattle leather industry is one of the most economically important by product of the meat and dairy industries. 

A large amount of leather comes from China, India and South-East Asia, where the regulations are less strict regarding both human and animal safety. Therefore, the animals are often subjected to an even harsher reality than those raised in regulated countries. This includes the skinning of animals while they are still alive, a process that can take up to 20 minutes.

The tanning process, whereby the animal skin is transformed so that it will not rot and take on undesirable properties, produces a high amount of hazardous chemicals and pollutants, many of which are not disposed of safely The wastewater from the process, often containing flesh, excretions, and other animal by products, can be damaging to the wildlife it comes in contact with.

Hexavalent chromium, used in the production of leather, is toxic to humans and classed as a carcinogen. Those exposed to hexavalent chromium are at increased risk of developing lung cancer, asthma, or damage to the nasal epithelia and skin.

Leather use used for a wide range of products in the fashion industry, including shoes, watch bands, wallets, purses, jackets, baseball gloves, sports balls, automobile interiors, and home furnishings. However, we at BOSANI are committed to offering cruelty free, eco friendly alternatives, such as cork leather and fabric made from pineapple leaves. 

Remember that the leather that you buy came from an animal that likely suffered and was killed (and possibly also skinned) in a torturous manner. This skin belongs on the animal, not on us. Supporting the leather industry is supporting cruelty. 

Food as much as fashion should exude positive energy - buy non-leather, cruelty free fabrics and feel good about your wardrobe.

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