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Leather has been fashioned out of animal skin for centuries. In a lot of cases, this is a by-product of meat production and is seen as such. Yet it is not only livestock farming that is becoming more and more the focus of animal, nature, and environmental conservationists. The leather production process is also being increasingly regarded as ethically objectionable and damaging to the environment. It leads to deforestation so as to make way for more grazing pasture. As well as more greenhouse gas emissions, and the use of hazardous substances in the tanning process.

Artificial leather Leather is made of synthetic polymers, but even this method has its downsides. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyurethane, and chemicals derived from fossil fuels are used in this process.

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Author profile picture Petra Wiesmayer is a journalist and author who has conducted countless interviews with high-profile individuals and researched and written general entertainment, motorsports, and science articles for international publications. She is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.As an avid science fiction fan she is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.