9 Types of Vegan Leather Coming for Cowhide

 Vegan leather was once considered unsavory. Along with fast fashion, it's noted for breaking apart, scuffing easily, and not lasting as long. Gucci and Ganni have adopted vegan leather as its quality has improved.  

 Most vegan leather is produced from PU or PVC. Though commonly used interchangeably, they differ in breathability and durability. PVC is stronger and PU leather breathable.   

 PU and PVC leather

 Mycelium leather, sometimes known as “mushroom leather,” is created from mushroom and fungi's web-like roots. Mycelium absorbs nutrients and decomposes organic materials in forests.  


 Vegea, an Italian textile company, makes vegan leather from wine industry vineyard waste. The company's website says it can manufacture bags, shoes, belts, wallets, automobile interiors, and furniture.   

 Grape skin

 Mexican entrepreneurs Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez founded Deserto, a cactus leather manufacturer. This leather-like substance is created from nopal cactus leaves, a drought-resistant plant growing in desert places.   

 Cactus leave

 The strong cellulose fibers from pineapple plants make pineapple leather. The London-based company Ananas Anam produces Piñatex, the sole “pineapple leather” available in the market.  

 Pineapple leave

 Apple leather, often known as AppleSkin, is ideal for purses, shoes, and other fashion items. This vegan leather is non-biodegradable because it's 50% apple trash and 50% PU.  


 Today, yeast is everywhere, like mycelium, in food and textiles. New Jersey biotechnology business Modern Meadow creates leather from yeast-fermented animal-free collagen.  


 Not vegan, but created without animal murder, this leather is lab-grown, cultured, cell-based, and more. A bioreactor grows bovine cells into cultivated leather. These cells are fed until they resemble cowhide leather.  


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