Not wearing fur is an obvious no-brainer—like who seriously thinks wearing the fur of a tortured dead animal is glamorous?! But animals also suffer and die for down feathers and leather. Yet just like with faux fur, there’s a huge variety of cruelty-free down and leather alternatives available. From jackets to belts to wallets, we’ve got you covered—especially on that last one, as we’re giving away a PETA wallet this week.
Aside from condemning more than a billion animals to potentially horrendous deaths, the leather industry also harms the environment and humans because of the large amount of chemicals needed to treat the leather (i.e., keep the dead, rotting skin of animals from decaying so that people can wear it—gross!). Tanneries use thousands of gallons of water and produce literally TONS of waste in the process. All this pollution and chemicals can increase the risk of leukemia and several other forms of cancer and can also contaminate groundwater, which may poison animals, plants, and humans living nearby.
So obvz, buying—or winning!—humane clothing, shoes, and accessories is an easy way to help animals, the environment, and your fellow human beings.
Leave a comment below telling us what your fave faux-leather product is, and you’ll be in the running for this cool wallet.
*The winner will be chosen at random from submitted animal-friendly comments in which the commenters tell us what their favorite faux-leather product is. Entries must be received by November 2, 2012. The winner will be chosen at random and notified on November 5, 2012. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.