The Original Satchel Store has announced that it will no longer use animal skins to make its bags and accessories.
The world of vegan fashion is going from strength to strength with vegan alternatives to leather rising in popularity as more fashion brands move away from using animal-derived materials in their designs.
One company who has been making leather bags and accessories for the past eight years, The Original Satchel Store, is saying goodbye to traditional leather in favour of a vegan alternative made from pineapple leaves.
“We want to be seen to be working with Nature, not against her and we are delighted to have sourced an all-natural product called Pinatex that we can offer to customers with a clear conscience for us and for them. It feels the right thing to do,” Steve Greenhalgh, a director of the Original Satchel Store, told Vegan Food & Living.
Keen to find a replacement that was less harmful to the planet and kinder to animals, The Original Satchel Store, will still be able to produce high-quality PETA-approved products using the same production techniques using the innovative material.
“There is an alternative that allows customers to be in the vanguard of fashion without it costing the earth or raising serious ethical dilemmas,” Steve, added.
“We have spent the last year or so looking at alternatives to leather including ‘pleather’ and artificial leather none of which were acceptable, until we found Pinatex, a material made from pineapple leaves.
“Given the choice was to continue to use animal skins or find an alternative that gave us the same high-quality products without the ethical conflict, we decided to follow the alternative. Not only does leather production cause cruelty to animals, it causes cruelty to people as well”