I am finding a lot of information about how bad the process is to create leather, I can’t imagine that it is worse than the alternative. Replacing leather with plastic products doesn’t seem right either, why would we swap a natural product for something that we know is major problem. Plastic lasts forever, but that is the problem. There is no real value in it, unlike leather that can be used and re used until it eventually breaks down. If we are going to kill the animal to eat it, we should use as much of the animal as we can. Maybe a better issue would be how we can safely treat the hide to get the effect that we want. This seems more reasonable considering how long humans have been wearing animal furs.

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