Vegan fashion = ethical & fair fashion? What are the alternatives? ǀ Justine Leconte


hi everyone it’s Justine. people who are
vegan diet don’t eat or wear anything coming from animals but in
apparel production in fashion there are several materials used that
are animal-based for example the main ones are leather wool silk feathers and
fur. so 5 different things that are mostly used in this video I want to talk
about what it means to be vegan in fashion when you shop for clothes. when
they say vegan leather for instance what does it really mean? what are
alternatives that you can look for when you don’t want to wear leather wool silk
feathers or fut? and is ethical fashion vegan fashion? is that synonymous, is thatthe same thing? let’s start with leather the leather production needs to
be a simple byproduct of the food industry but now the consumption of
meats stagnates or declines depending on which country you’re looking at while
they need for leather for apparel production keeps rising so now there are
animals that get raised and killed not to be eaten but just for their skin when
you read leather on the comments label it doesn’t tell you if the animal has
been ethically treated it also doesn’t tell you if only the upper upper layer
is leather and then plastic underneath or if the whole thing the whole layer is
leather it also doesn’t tell you where that
leather is in fact coming from so there is a huge gap in the information
available to you as a consumer. so what are the alternatives?
the first one is pleather also called PVC which is in fact plastic this one
doesn’t biodegrade and it ends in landfills I have a problem with this one
because it’s really not recyclable so no animal dies but it’s extremely polluting
during the production process and after the person the consumer has gotten rid
of that garment. fortunately there are better alternatives being developed at
the moment: cork is one of them it’s produced mostly in Spain and Portugal it
is stiff but it works very well if you’re molding something out of it like
rounded pump or for flat surfaces it’s also water-resistant the material is
harvested from a cork oak the tree goes on living and growing after the harvest
every nine years you can harvest the cork again it does not damage
the tree then pineapple leather is a quite new option it is made from
pineapple leaves and it’s already used for instance to make shoes it’s a
byproduct of the pineapple production if we didn’t use the waste of those leaves
to make something out of it it would just get thrown away so sustainability
point then a very new new option is mushroom leather that one looks
surprisingly similar to actual leather in terms of coloring and differences on
the surface it can be anything from soft to stiff and it’s very gentle on the
skin mostly hypoallergenic it’s not water resistant but it can be waxed to
achieve just that one limitation though it can’t be produced at scale yet but
it’s definitely something to keep in mind for the future because it’s 100%
renewable then we have wool. wool does not technically require an animal to die
you’re just shaving off the hair and then it grows back again it’s a cycle
the problem is when animals get genetically modified to produce more
hairs or when they’re not being paid attention to while being shaven because
people have been told to shave faster so there is eco-friendly sustainable
ethical wool but the biggest producers usually don’t tell you where the wool is
coming from and it is definitely intensive production. so what are the
alternatives? the first one is acrylic this one has
been engineered literally to replace it is cheaper it’s more
stable it has a similar look & feel and similar properties it’s just not as good
as wool. linen is another alternative. it is a bit wrinkly a bit stiff but it breathes
very well. there is hemp as well that one is a bit raw a bit itchy but if the yarn
is good quality and well spun it will do the job. then bamboo is another option
it’s very soft and very flexible but if you have a bamboo sweater and a wool
sweater of the same thickness the bamboo one will be more expensive. linen hemp
and bamboo are vegan and quite sustainable while acrylic is chemically
produced. let’s move on to silk. silk is produced by little silkworms but unless
you’re talking about raw silk or wild silk, the worms don’t have a great life.
they are doped, they can’t really move freely. it’s really intensive production.
what are the alternatives? was invented just like acrylic for wool
to imitate silk. it is way way cheaper it’s not as light it’s not as luxurious
when you touch it but it is quite shiny too then Tencel and modal are made from cellulose they are very new
developments. thery’re okay environmentally-friendly they’re of natural
origin but they require a bit of manipulation it is a complex process. if
you look at these two fabrics here can you tell which one is silk and which one
is model? this one is modal it has been calendered so the surface has been
pressed by a heavy cylinder which makes it nice and shiny just like the silk is.
then we have feathers. feathers are not used much in fashion, you think? but in
fact down jackets and winter coats are typically filled with duck and goose
feathers. it’s not just about the exotic ones that you find on haute couture hats.
people used to kill rare birds just for their feathers, exotic and colorful ones.
down seems like a bit more ethical, okay option because it’s a byproduct of the
food industry and ostrich feathers are now commonly replaced by turkey feathers.
they can also be dyed in any color so it replaces the rare animal. what are the
alternatives? we already have synthetic down with great properties it dries even
faster than the real down which is great in winter think of Thinsulate microfiber
thing which is used for outdoor clothing think of Primaloft which is used to fill
the coats of the US Army. synthetic down is also more eco-friendly
and recyclable or sometimes even already recycled. so as far as down is concerned
we have great alternatives already. and finally fur. that is the most debated
material within the entire fashion industry. it stands on the one hand for
absolute luxury on the other hand at the same time for absolute brutality towards
animals. the ethical questioning behind that debate is obvious. even when people
don’t wear full fur coats, there is this trim which is trending on the hoodie of
winter coats which can be actual fur. so fur it still used in the apparel
production probably, more often than you think. what are the alternatives? faux fur,
already broadly used. it is synthetic so it’s not
environmentally friendly but it is 100% vegan. however sometimes you will buy
something that is labeled faux fur and it might actually be real fur how. to be
sure? look in between the hairs. if you see a canvas of fabric at the base,
holding the hairs together, then it’s faux fur. how to be really really sure? if
you burn fur it’s like burning a human hair. it will burn down and smell. if
it’s synthetic it will melt and smell like plastic. if the item you purchased is
labeled as fake fur & turns out to be real fur, you can take it straight back
to the store where you got it, if you wish. for each animal-sourced material, we
have vegan alternatives. but they’re not always environmentally-friendly or
sustainable. plastic is really not a great basis we produce way more than
enough of it on the planet already. then the next question is how do you put all
the materials together to build a piece of clothing? or when you build a quirk
shoe for instance, is the glue that you’re using also animal-free? is the
dye that’s being used also animal-free? last but not least: what about the
production process itself? Are the garment workers also treated well ethically? fast
fashion is the opposite of fair fashion and of sustainability so if a brand is
using vegan leather instead of leather but has its sewn by children, underaged
and underpaid, it’s not going in the right direction either. this video is
already very content-heavy so I’m gonna stop here for today and link down
below in the description to further video for you guys, if you’re interested:
the first one is about how to shop for ethical fashion, where to look, what to
pay attention to? what are the criteria? and about fast fashion, a video that I
did last year: what it is and how does it work?
if you found some food for thought in today’s video, thumbs up! thank you so
much! subscribe to my channel if you’re interested in fashion! I upload new
videos every Wednesday and every Sunday, so see you soon again, bye!

100 thoughts on “Vegan fashion = ethical & fair fashion? What are the alternatives? ǀ Justine Leconte

  1. I’m currently changing my wardrobe to a vegan one and this was very helpful! Had no idea there was pineapple and mushroom leather. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. The trick to burn the fur to know if it's plastic or real, would it also work for spotting real straw or jute hats and bags from synthetic ones? 🤔
    P.D.: I really liked your video ❤️

  3. https://qz.com/1222569/fast-fashion-is-causing-an-environmental-emergency/

  4. Speaking of eco-friendly alternatives:
    https://www.swedishstockings.com

    I never thoughts about stockings as items that might contribute to pollution until I found this website.

  5. Que gusto poder leer un video con debates en el que las personas hacen comentarios y aportes con respeto ….y conocimientos de su vida real .
    Tus videos Justine , me aportan no sòlo conocimientos , sino sobre todo una ACTITUD ante la vida que agradezco.

  6. Thanks for this video Justine. As someone who both loves animals and the environment this has always been something I’ve struggled to balance. I appreciate how you discussed this sharing multiple points of view and different options available. I look forward to a time when fashion is both cruelty free and environmentally friendly!

  7. thank you for addressig this important subject. I really appreciate how you don't judge either sides (wether they choose to wear vegan or nin vegan stuff)

  8. You cannot consider yourself truly vegan if you buy products made of plastic – plastic lasts a thousand years and causes immeasurable suffering to the animals that are unfortunate to come across it when it inevitably appears in their environment.

  9. Hola!!! Hello justine its midnight in my country I have watching you for a while and I like you, you relax me, so you usually ask tips on Book heres one: The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck ( Pulitzer and Nobel Prize) its such a good book you laugh you cry and you end up missing the characters when you finish the book I hope you see this and that you enjoy the book (its an okd one)

  10. Hi justine, it has nothing to do with vegan fashion, but i just read an article about the smart casual clothing style for men and i wondered if you could make a video about that for woman with some tips how to style that or what to pay attention to. also, i love your videos and you really inspired me to think about ethical and sustainable fashion. thank you! xx

  11. Like like like ! I knew most of it already but still LOVE the fact that you made such an informative video about vegan fashion. Merci Justine.

  12. Great video! I didn't know at all about the new alternatives to leather, like pineapple and mushroom leather. I will think about those if I'm going to buy new shoes 🙂

  13. I am currently working on a college project regarding this topic (fast fashion/unethical fashion) as i reckon more people need to be aware of the effects it has towards earth. It would be great if anyone could spare a few mins of their day filling in my survey : https://goo.gl/forms/MGmBIemjfhZwX6NJ2 Thank you so much!

  14. Plastic isn't great, but people are using it A LOT more than in just vegan clothes. Those really are the least of the plastics problem. And instances of sweat shops where children/people are exploited are pervasive everywhere – let's all be better at buying used when possible! There are enough clothes in this world. Watch some undercover videos of wool, fur, or leather harvesting and you will find that even pvc is preferable to animal sources. People have a hard time seeing a dog in a cage waiting to be adopted, and get upset at dog fighting – I think they would be outraged by the cruelty of these 'fabric' productions where rabbits are crying while having their fur pulled out for angora, or foxes are getting their paws trapped and broken, or sheep are being beaten into submission while their coats are 'trimmed' – it's all very disturbing and most of us are not okay with it, so again, let's buy used and help the people, animals, and planet!

  15. Thanks for this super informative video Justine! I recently turned vegan and am having a hard time finding luxury handbags and shoes brands which are also cruelty free. Hope you can do such a video later on…

  16. Thank you so much for making this video! So helpful! I already loved your thoughts on fast fashion and now on ethical and sustainable fashion. I had no idea there were so many alternatives. I already shop for ethical fashion, but never thought about it’s sustainability. Very inspirational!

  17. One thing-the feathers are not always a by product. Also, they are ripped off the birds while they're alive (so it won't get dirty with blood), and sometimes they're rised especially for their feathers. They go through tue feather rippimg 3-4 times and then when their feathers lost all of their quality they are sent to slaughter

  18. Bonjour Justine! I find your videos truly useful and inpiring 🙂 … Question: Where in Europe do you buy the fabrics for your collections? Being myself interested on starting my own clothing line that takes care of ethical and ecological aspects, I´ve been doing a lot of research but hasn´t been easy to find textil manufactures that check both requiriments. I would definitely appreciate any suggestions! Thank you very much and best regards from Spain!

  19. So many options ! Thank you for the great content. http://www.vhawker.com/conscious-consumer/

  20. I'm 44 years old, a vegetarian that wants to be vegan 100% I'm about 95%. I want vegan fashion designers to think of the masses and not their established clientele. I want classic design, simple design, a purse that is more than simply a gaping hole. I want a structured organized purse. I want classic looking shoes. I want to wear my clothes for more than 5 years. So it has to be well made. What I'm looking for is next to impossible to find. Clothes are too trendy and strange to me, bags and shoes are very bohemian looking. I just want classic normal looking clothing and practical shoes and purses.

  21. Justine, please see videos of wool production and the cruelty and mishandling behind it. It will change your views. The sheep are brutally tortured their whole lives for it.

  22. Justine are you idiotic? Down is very very cruel and is NOT a byproduct, the geese are plucked to death and trampled for their feathers. You DID NOT research well.

  23. ALL vegan alternatives are eco friendly as compared to animal based materials. Science is sustainable. Life is more valuable than fashion and animals are not ours to murder for anything. We have no right to do so. Please go and die for leather Justine.

  24. awesomely presented, as always! thank you for the in depth view point 🙂

  25. I have bamboo underwear. It feels like silk, and is very breathable. I want to buy more bamboo underwear, but I can't find them.

  26. I gave up leather, real fur, feathers&down long time ago and feel great. Don't want to wear "bloody clothes&shoes" on my body. Anybody, who has not quit using leather or fur yet, should watch honest documentaries about how they are "produced". It is worse, than you would ever imagined.

  27. Very informative and easy to understand! thanks again. I agree with Ingrid, second hand is a great alternative. #re-use

  28. I really love ur video, it's an eye opening to me to become a wiser shopper 😉

  29. I've noticed the hypocrisy of vegans months ago. They care about big animals like pigs and cows, but step on small animals like insects everyday without noticing (or caring). They want to save those big animals by not wearing leather, but as a substitute for that material they use synthetic fabrics that can't be recycled or, if it ends in the oceans, is eaten by fish and seabirds who choke on it.

    It's better to wear leather from animals that died of a natural cause than to buy plastic.

  30. Thanks so much for this video! It has been a great help for me to learn about what the alternatives are!

  31. excellent video. Very, very informative and very balanced in your take on ethics. I am impressed and grateful.

  32. Great video! Great topic and information! Thank you so much, Justine, for making this very important video. I have for years tried to buy only eco, environment friendly, animal friendly and fair trade clothes. Sometimes I bought cheap clothes from H&M and Zara (mostly their so called eco, sustainable clothes) because I could not afford expenisve brands. Now I boycott H&M and Zara is not available here I live. I will from now on only buy second hand, and only eco, animal and environment friendly clothes. But I will not buy new clothes before the ones I already have are worn out! To not purchase anything new is the most environment, animal and human friendly act of all! I have actually a lot of items. I only need to loose weight so that I can fit into them again! : ) ^..^

  33. Thank you SO much for this! As an environmental vegan, I struggle with considering plastic as the better option. The industry is constantly innovating and as consumers we need to be on the ball and conscious of ethical alternatives xx

  34. Very cool. Thanks! Mushroom leather 🤔 I learn something new everyday

  35. I don't think it should matter if the animal was ethically treated or not in leather. Having that mentioned on the label shouldn't influence a decision.

  36. For mother earth please stop consumerism and buy second hand the next generation will thank you and so will your wallet.

  37. Such an informative video that raises many questions worthy of consideration.

  38. Vegan lifestyle, not just a diet:) I try to buy second hand whenever I can:)

  39. Of course it’s great to try and buy vegan and eco friendly fabrics, but really our best bet is to buy less or second- hand. Its hard to do even for me but really we have so much excess unnecessary consumption in the developed world it’s mind boggling.

  40. Thank you so much for this video, as a vegan I found it most informative and helpful. I love your French series ❤️

  41. Thank you this was very informative as I recently made the decision to become Vegan,so I wanted to get some information about clothing options. Thank you.

  42. If you're concerned about biodegradability and like the look of animal-derived materials, I would suggest buying the real thing secondhand, if it doesn't make you too uncomfortable. Yes, an animal still did die for it, but it's not contributing to the industry in the same way as buying new.

  43. As someone who has lived in areas where silk us produced let me talk about something called ahimsa silk. In this process, after the worms turn into moths and leave the cocoon, the cocoon is used to make silk t shirts or sarees. It won't give the same look as a normal silk clothes but for anyone wanting to go vegan it's a great alternative.

  44. We need to be aware of all the animal torture that goes on in the testing of cosmetics, there are cruelty free options as well as cruelty free household cleaners and toiletries.

  45. You are the most concienscious fashion advisor in YouTube. Je vous remerci!

  46. Thank you so much for the ideas! As a vegan it is difficult to find a way using ethical clothing with all the other qualities, but I hope there will be more alternatives in the future, happily more and more people are interested in vegan options 🙂

  47. Hi Justine,
    I’m realy glad, that you made this video. I’m a vegan, and I learn something new. Again!
    I realy love your videos, keep on doing the god job! Best regards from Slovenia 😘

  48. Salut !
    J'aime bien tes vidéos, mais je trouve que dans celle-ci en particulier, tu devrais insister davantage sur la cruauté de la fabrication de certains produits, notamment en ce qui concerne la laine et le duvet. La plupart des personnes pensent en effet que la laine est obtenue en rasant simplement les moutons, alors que la grande majorité des moutons sont maltraités durant ce processus. Et en ce qui concerne le duvet, il ne s'agit pas simplement d'un "byproduct". Les oies sont vivantes quand on leur arrache les plumes et endurent de grandes souffrances (tu peux aller voir des vidéos de PETA par exemple). De plus, elles sont élevées spécifiquement pour leurs plumes et endurent cette procédure plusieurs fois, et pas uniquement au moment d'être amenées à l'abattoir (raison pour laquelle il ne s'agit pas d'un byproduct). C'est plus ou moins le même principe que pour les lapins angoras, qui souffrent énormément lorsqu'on leur arrache les poils.
    Salutations depuis la Suisse 🙂

  49. I have a few leather, fur, silk, and wool items that I've bought 2nd hand. I think the reason the fashion industry still uses these materials is that there really is no comparison. The feel, the breathability, the durability, it's all several levels above anything manmade. If I can't find the animal product second hand, I will go without because I won't support the current industry, but I do wish there were better alternatives and it's nice to see some new things on the market.

  50. What have you done to me? I became addicted to your channel in less than 3 days :/

  51. Bonjour, Justine.
    Que pensez-vous du piñatex ? J’ai aussi entendu parler de soie végétale à base de fibres d’aloès mais je ne sais pas ce qu’il en est.

  52. Hi Justine! Have you ever heard of "american silk" aka milkweed (asclépiade in French)?
    It is a natural fiber used in winter coats. It's really warm and more insulating than feathers & down (when they tested it in the Himalayan at -22°C it was too warm, they had to compress the insulation). The first coats using milkweed were commercialized in 2016-2017 but it's getting more and more wide spread.

  53. Thank you for this very informative video. it's definitely a very important issue. I love animals and I have stopped buying animal products but I also want to be environmentally responsible. Could you make a video on shoes? I have trouble finding non-leather comfortable shoes!

  54. I avoided watching this video for months. The facial expression you have in the thumbnail made me think you would speak against vegan values. I should have known better, because you have always presented very classy and professional work. Thank you for providing such helpful advice about alternatives and for making sure we also consider human rights and environmental responsibility!

  55. BYPRODUCT OF APPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you ALL need to try NEMANTI. They developped a material that feels like leather and is BREATHABLE made of APPLE !!!!!!!! i LOVE NEMANTI

  56. this is such a big topic to tackle – but thank you for spending some of your time and influence on it!

    One question – when I was researching about yarn and fibre production for Plastic Free July this year I learned that acrylic and rayon/viscose/modal are effectively the same as plastic regarding how they degrade (making it the same landfill problem as pleather and nylon). What are your thoughts on this? Always happy to hear from those working in the industry. :o)

    If you're interested here's the link to the article I wrote about it on my blog. https://snarcraft.blogspot.com/2018/07/first-tea-bags-then-yarnis-nothing.html

  57. I think you’re missing a point in the part about substituting silk, wool etc. with their chemical alternatives; the skin’s possibility to breathe through the fabric. It’s difficult enough to find (at least women’s) apparel that let’s your skin breathe (i.e. are made from natural fibres) so you won’t smell horribly from sweat before lunch. Why is this point so often left out? It means so much for our social and mental life quality

  58. Thank you so much for addressing this important topic. Shopping today is far more than just finding something pretty that fits. It’s about how that purchase affects animals, the textile workers, and the environment. Hopefully it is also pretty and fits. I wish I cared less about how I look!

  59. That vegan fabrics are more environmentally unfriendly than for example wool or leather is a misconception. Vegan synthetic leather and acrylic etc. have actually a less severe impact on the environment, considering the whole supply chain (according to The Sustainable Apparel Coalition). More info here: https://www.peta.org.uk/blog/why-vegan-fashion-is-always-the-more-sustainable-option/

  60. Just to clarify, there is NOTHING ethical about killing an animal for fashion, even if it's treated ethically from birth to death. It's still murdered, and all of it is against the animal's will.

  61. Well-educated and fair video. Another gem. I especially liked your discussions about how to shop both vegan and sustainable. Often I see veganism dismissed as an environmentally savvy option because people wrongly assume the only alternative is plastic.

  62. Also, I should mention: whether you're choosing wool (not vegan) or linen (vegan), biodegradable clothing only biodegrades when given proper conditions. If our clothes all end up in the landfill, we can hardly pat ourselves on the back for choosing wool over acrylic. "Endcycle" (I have no other name for this) fashion ethics may be an emerging ethic for our world's sustainability.

  63. I didn't even know there are so many fabrics that come from animals… I should really consider twice before buying anything now….

  64. How can this be applicable to Russia? I have never met a vegan overcoat for the winter season that can stand temperatures below -10. Same goes for winter boots. With synthetic lining the foot sweats and gets cold in 5 minutes.

  65. There's no such thing as "ethically raised" animal products. This is a feel-good marketing term. No group is out there certifying this ethical treatment. Watch the undercover videos. The animals are treated like objects and it is wrong. If you think "pleather" is worse than leather, please research which countries are tanning leather the most. Those with little human rights or environmental protection because the chemicals used to tan leather are extremely toxic. More and more fashion designers are FINALLY turning their backs on fur because it is completely disgusting and inhuman (not a typo). I hope animal leather is next. Fashion is garbage if it requires harming animals. BTW, most deforestation is due to growing crops for and grazing animals. Runoff squelches oxygen killing aquatic life. Most greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture, not transportation. This is a huge issue and I hope you will cover more vegan fashion in the future as I value your voice and opinions 👍

  66. THANK YOUUUUUU ! Merci Justine, super vidéo ! Time to think about the planet, the animals, the humans, the future generation… pleaaaaaase do a video about the best brands to shop for those who want shoes and clothes that last many years !

  67. the only problem is consumerism, i have to have this, this, that, that, and that.

  68. Thank you – Thank you – Thank you – so, so, so, so, so much!!! I am so late coming to this video, but it is very appreciated. I try to live an ethical vegan lifestyle, and this information is much appreciated.

  69. Thank you for the video Justine! We’ve been vegan 🌱 for 1.5yrs now and still going strong….but needed more info on vegan fashion. Our turning point was when we saw a documentary called: “what the health.” Love to see more of your videos on the topic.

  70. How do you find ethical, sustainable wool? Is it all just a shot in the dark?

  71. Thank you for this incredibly thoughtful and informative video! I love you and so do the animals! 🙂

  72. This is a fantastic video! While I am already a conscientious buyer, there was more in the video to give me food for thought. Thank you! Good job!!!

  73. Regarding plastic materials used in clothing articles, I've read somewhere that there are designers of vegan clothing that are ethical and recycles plastic bottles instead. They're a bit pricey but I think they are a better alternative say for shoes or handbags for the available vegan materials we have for now. I eat a plantbased diet, but for my clothing and cosmetics options, I really want to prioritize sustainability over just purchasing vegan options. If I'm on a tight budget and in need of some really good waterproof shoes, I'd go for second hand leather over shoes that are made with plastic material, unless if they're made from recycled materials then I'll definitely consider them as an option.

  74. In the hope that someone will be able to answer it – if you buy a faux fur coat that turns out to be real, could you sue the manufacturer? (I'm curious, not in a sticky situation.)

  75. great video! one of me friend who used to run a politigram (an instagram account focused mainly on socio-political issues, debates/discussions, and info) had had a lot of arguments against vegans, with majority of them sadly didnt seem to care about the side effect of the "vegan alternatives" most commonly used (faux leather made of plastic, e.g.) in fashion. too many of them were too busy yelling animal cruelty to look at the other perspective. i also remember one time when she posted a question about whether many vegans were aware whether their vegan products (mostly food as it was the discussion topic) were ethically produced or not (i.e. were the workers treated fairly) and i saw mindblowingly many people confessed they hadnt thought of that. am not sure if the number of people partaking in that discussion were majority or minority in terms of people on vegan/vegetarian diet as a whole but by the lords there were a lot of them in the comment section.

  76. I never understood why fur is such a talked-about issue, but leather is not. They are both the same in terms of animal cruelty, and yet unequal is terms of popular opinions of them.

  77. The idea of labeling real fur as faux fur really blows my mind. What is the reasoning behind that? And, seeing as real fur tends to be more expensive (in my experience) what's the point?

  78. Nothing eco friendly about fur/leather production. It's an incredibly polluting process. It's 2019 people, choose vegan options.

  79. Hi, I absolutely loved this video, as usual. I don't know if anyone asked this before in the 690 comments so far 🙂 but could you please name one (or a few) vegan sustainable fashion brands that sell online, please? That would be a great help. Thanks from Barcelona!

  80. I think what you said in the beginning about leather demand growing over meat consumptions is not true.. it depends which leather is in question but for example cow leather is still a by-product of the meat industry and raising cows just for leather would make no sense economically (and sadly that is still the main factor today, but in this case it helps I guess). There is a good article about it here: https://ecocult.com/is-leather-truly-a-byproduct-of-the-meat-industry/

  81. Very interesting and informative. Thanks! Added to my favorite videos. Shocked that this video only has ~75K views 🙁 Human beings have a long way before reaching enlightenment. Greta Thunberg won't even buy new clothes. I am not that enlightened. Working on it. But I do try. I keep my cars 10+ years, and if possible, buy used. No gas guzzlers for me, EVER. If I lived in Europe, I think I could ditch my car for a scooter/motorcycle. I use my water bottle religiously (a used Pellegrino glass bottle) instead of asking for plastics and straws. I let the rain wash my car.

    If we can have impossible burgers, why can't we have impossible fashion/clothing materials? There is something Justine should copyright: Impossible Fashion.

  82. I am looking for ankle boots and handbags that are breathable and looking and feeling as good as real leather. I hope that someone can give me some tips!

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