India’s Holy Cash CowISSUE 434 - See more at: http://newint.org/columns/currents/2010/07/01/india-leather-cows/#sthash.zbkZpgrI.dpuf
The appropriate wellbeing of animals used to make leather is another factor that must be considered. Even though there are some humane ways to use leather as a by-product, like in the case in India there are also horrible ways as well. Leather doesn’t only effect animals, but can be dangerous to humans with exposer to chemicals. Chemicals that are used to process the leather can cause harm to the environment and can pollute the air. Let’s examine some alternatives that are safer for humans and animals.
There are alternatives to leather that do not involve animals and can have added benefits that leather doesn’t have. Pleather is way to avoid animal cruelty and has features leather does not have like it is more resistant to deposing and it can be washed easier than leather. Poromeric imitation leather is lighter and more breathable to prevent perspiration on a warmer day. Koskin is artificial leather that is good for laptop and technology cases. If more awareness is spread about the issues concerning leather, then more designers might switched from leather to another alternative.