Leather used for fashion unfortunately is not very natural and far from being a by-product of the food industry. Toxic chemicals such as zinc, lead, dyes, cyanide and formaldehyde are used to treat it which makes it decompose very slowly which is bad for the environment.
Leather products mean animal suffering. Alternatives to leather offer a cruelty free and still stylish approach. More and more consumers are looking for it and this is a great opportunity for a shift in this industry.