Sustainability has become a familiar word to the general public in the last decade, but it still does not seem like a friendly concept, does it? Though the definition of sustainability is pretty simple – it is the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level – what we need to do with the concept can be not only overwhelming but confusing... What are the daily actions that have to with protecting environment and living sustainably and healthy? The answer is almost, everything.
One of my high school friends had a much older sister who worked in fashion and when I told her that I wanted to become a fashion designer, she said without a moment of hesitation "Don't." We grew apart and lost touch but I still remember this scene vividly.
Well, I want to tell you to go ahead.
However, do your research.
Leather is a material made from the skin of an animal. You will see skins from cows often and spot goats, pigs, sheep, ostrich, zebra, elephants, crocodiles… snakes, etc. For the leather from cows, the majority is taken from those who are slaughtered for their meat or those no longer producing enough milk to remain profitable. However, the most luxurious materials are supplied by new-born veal calves and sometimes even unborn calves for their soft and thin skin. Like any industry, leather producers work to meet the demand. So believing all leather is a by-product of the food industry is in some way naïve.