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These Sustainable and Vegan Leather Brands are Changing the Future of Fashion

We are all familiar with vegan leather, or faux leather. But did you know that, like its animal counterpart, vegan leather is also unsustainable. Essentially, all faux leather is, is plastic. Which is great for the animals, but not much so for the environment.

But luckily, there are trailblazers out there looking for a more sustainable solution. So check out these 4 vegan and eco-friendly leather brands that are changing the future of leather.


HFS Collective

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HFS Collective

HFS Collective uses Piñatex, an innovative eco-friendly leather alternative made out of pineapple leaves. And what’s so great about Piñatex, is that it’s a by-product of the pineapple industry. So no extra resources are needed to create it. Making it a great lower-waste material to create unique bags, purses, and wallets.

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NAE Vegan

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Similarly, NAE also uses pineapple leaves as their eco-friendly leather of choice. Along with Piñatex, they also create their footwear using cork and other recycled materials inside their certified and ethical factories in Portugal.

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Related: The Link Between Fast Fashion and Feminism


Happy Genie

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Happy Genie

Based out of Italy, this luxury handbag company creates high-end purses made from apples. They take the food waste from juicing apples, dehydrate and grind into flour, and use that to create the “leather” of their handbags.

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Photos from Veerah


Veerah is a luxury shoe company focused on creating sustainable and fashionable shoes for women. They use repurposed materials such as apple, algae, and renewed plastic in all of their pieces.

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The Future of Vegan Leather | A Final Note

These 4 brands are looking to change the future of vegan leather, one material at a time. Using sustainable resources such as apples, pineapple, algae, and more, these materials are a great way to incorporate the look of leather without the detrimental impacts to animals and to our planet.

Related: Veganism and the Environment | What are the Benefits?

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  • Reply
    Molly @ Transatlantic Notes
    February 13, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    I’m so happy that there are more and more vegan options within fashion, especially the bags/leather. Thanks for sharing this as I hadn’t heard of these brands before — I’m going to check them out!

    • Reply
      February 15, 2021 at 11:43 am

      Yes, these brands are super cool, aren’t they? I can’t wait to see where eco-friendly leather alternatives go from here. Thanks for reading!

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