5 Truly Eco Friendly Vegan ‘Leathers’

By Chere Di Boscio

At Eluxe, we were horrified to learn that bags and shoes we thought were eco-friendly due to their ‘vegan’ credentials, were actually the worst kind of greenwashing: petroleum-based, heavily polluting and toxic. Accessories promoted by the likes of apparently ‘eco friendly’ Stella McCartney and Natalie Portman were actually no better for the environment than a pair of plastic flip flops from Walmart. Depressing!

But then we discovered some genuinely eco-friendly leather substitutes, and now we can’t promote them enough! Curious to see what they are?  Click through the numbers above to see!


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