“VEGAN fashion” is on the rise.
Producing leather from animals results in a number of negative impacts on the surrounding ecosystem. The production of leather requires a lot of energy and water, and the tanning and chemical processing of animal hides and skins results in the emission of hazardous heavy metals that can contaminate nearby water sources. The production of cattle for the purpose of obtaining animal skin, on the other hand, results in the emission of greenhouse gases and leads to deforestation. Animal rights advocates also oppose the usage of leather, arguing that it contributes to cruel slaughterhouse conditions.
Phool’s Fleather is part of a trend of startups manufacturing plant- and fungi-based leather replacements to challenge the existing leather industry and capitalize on “vegan” fashion.
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