The environmentally-damaging impacts of leather production are far-reaching, from the inhumanity of killing of animals for fashion, to the high emissions of greenhouse gases during production, to the health and environment-harming effects of the chemicals used in tanning and dyeing.
Still, leather packs an undeniable punch for its unique ability to add texture and edge. That's why at VILDNIS, we were determined to source a vegan, ethical and environmentally-friendly alternative; a guilt-free faux fix that's packed with leather's signature rock 'n' roll style.
While exciting new manufacturing developments are underway - look out for leather made using by-products of mushrooms and apple on the runways and the pavements of tomorrow - one of the most eco-friendly alternatives available right now is Ultrafabrics® polyurethane (PU) blend.
This is an oil-based fabric using 100% polyurethane with the backing of 65% polyester and 35% rayon. Ultrafabric's manufacturing is free from toxic by-products and is made up of a series of chemical reactions using 99% recapturable and recyclable solvents. The resulting product is free from all of the following: triclocarban, triclosan, bisphenol A, conflict minerals, flame retardants, heavy metal stabilisers, plasticizer phthalates, persistent organic pollutants and polyvinyl chloride.
And it's as kind to your body as it is to your conscience, with a unique ventilation system that optimises fabric breathability.
Ultrafabrics® PU is GREENGUARD® certified, which is a globally-recognised award for safe clothing produced with low chemical emissions.
Fibre ranking class: unclassified
Properties: soft, durable, breathable, flexible, lasting colour vibrancy
Check out our products in Ultrafabrics PU here.