“This too shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.”
While shopping the other day for giraffes and coffee, I was met at the door of one of my favorite shops by this sign.
Yes, I’ve been out of the loop and didn’t know that there was such a thing as vegan leather. The purses on display were mostly under $30. Good news?
A little later in the day I realized that vegan leather is plastic. But how many purses would a store sell if they called them plastic? Maybe marketers do take a class about consumers and their shopping habits. Would the class be called, “How stupid are they”?
But I digress. In a society that eats tons of beef and other dead mammals every year, making good use of hides might be a logical next step. Because citizens of the USA consume upwards of 200 pounds of meat per person per year we do have a lot of hides to deal with, unless you count in chickens, which would take us down a discussion path best left to people who spend way too much time drinking beer or playing computer games. Back on track, please.
So if we’re going to eat meat it would be environmentally logical to tan hides and use them, right? Note on the tanning process. “Unlike the wholly organic methods used by our forebears, the modern leather industry is simultaneously killing the local environment and the people that work there with a toxic slurry of chemicals.” Oops.
Back to an environmental perspective. Going with fake leather is probably a better idea, I thought. And then I found this on the Internet. “From an environmental perspective, the main concern with polyurethane-based synthetic leather is that solvents are used. The production process involves painting polyurethane in liquid form onto a fabric backing. Making polyurethane into a liquid requires a solvent, and those can be highly toxic.”
Because of the Internet we can now keep ourselves informed about all the things in our world that can kill us. Or is it that thanks to the for-profit world that surrounds us, manufacturers only care about the bottom line and we only have regulations standing between us and environmentally friendly diseases?
I think I should have just written a good recipe for brownies.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.