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Sustainable Style: Eco and Ethical Leather Alternatives

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Rose Gold and Piñatex Classic Watch from Votch

Made from: Piñatex, an innovative fabric created from pineapple leaf fibres.

Bonus points: Piñatex is a by-product of the pineapple harvest that uses no extra resources, whilst offering extra income for farmers. Plus, no extra land, pesticides or fertilisers are used in the production, so the fabric is good for animals and the environment.

www.votch.co.uk/products/rose-gold-and-pinatex-classic

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Chanda Backpack from MATT & NAT

Made from: MATT & NAT use various vegan “leathers” including PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinylchloride) in its bags. PU is less harmful for the environment than PVC, so the company makes it a point to opt for it, continuously working to improve the standards for all materials. Whilst the outer isn’t entirely eco friendly, the bag linings are made from 100% recycled nylon, made out of used plastic bottles!

Bonus points: MATT & NAT also offer a cool cork collection that is eco, ethical and built to last.

www.mattandnat.com/backpacks

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Classic Biker Jacket from Altiir

Made from: 100% Piñatex pineapple outer, 100% Cupro Bemberg Cotton Lining. There’s even a detachable collar in organic cotton shearing that can be latched onto any of the natural or metallic leather jackets.

Bonus points: Made from start to finish in Italy, Altiir‘s makers pride themselves on long lasting quality.

www.altiir.com/biker-jacket

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SDU Rec White Marsala trainers from Veja

Made from: Recycled plastic bottles and vegan suede inserts. Veja products are made from completely sustainable materials including a range of vegetable tanned leathers, organic and Fairtrade cotton, recycled plastic, wild rubber, jute and hemp (ethically produced in Brazil). 

Bonus points: The mesh used by Veja is made from synthetic fibers (PET). A smart fabric, both waterproof and breathable from recycled plastic bottles. The amount of fabric used to make a basket equals three plastic bottles.

www.veja-store.com/en

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Leaf Leather Backpack from Thamon

Made from: Real tree leaves! Coated with resin, leaves are lightweight but durable. Thamon‘s ethereal designs are made from sustainably sourced birch, lotus and Sal leaves. Each piece is handmade from fallen leaves, hand-dyed and crafted by artisans so every piece is entirely unique. The green leaf handbag is another favourite of ours.

Bonus points: All fallen leaves are collected by people within the local area, meaning that the funds become a source of income to lower income families.

www.thamon.co/rachel-leaf-backpack

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Burgundy Crossbody/Wristlet from Melie Bianco

Made from: PETA approved PU (polyurethane), crafted using natural materials (all bags are PVC-free).

Bonus points: These beaut bags are made in China by workers who get fair pay, monitored working hours, complimentary lunches and paid leave. Melie Bianco also operates under a profit sharing model so that employees share in the company’s success.

www.meliebianco.com/burgundy-crossbody

Read more: Sustainable Style: Where to Buy Eco and Ethical Trainers

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