Inspiring and compassionate trendsetter Stella McCartney has stocked shelves around the world with her modern, feminine designs for H&M, Adidas, and her own namesake line. Her designs keep the most famous movie stars on best-dressed lists (hello, Charlize, Penélope, and Kate!), but best of all, Stella and her award-winning collections are proudly free of leather, fur, and other skins.
Stella’s already revealed the horrors of fur, and now she wants you to learn the facts about leather’s extreme cruelty, environmental destruction, and human health costs and pledge never to wear dead animals’ skins again!
Watch Stella’s exposé of the global leather industry to find out who your leather bag, belt, or shoe once was:
The leather industry is a global killer. Purchasing the skins of cows raised in the U.S. likely paid for the horrors of factory farming, including castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning—all without any painkillers. Leather sourced from developing countries such as India and China may have caused untold suffering—such as the dismemberment of cows while they were still conscious—since animal welfare laws there are either non-existent or not enforced. Tanning, the process of turning skin into leather, requires massive amounts of energy and dangerous chemicals, including formaldehyde and coal-tar derivatives, which can end up in nearby water supplies and soil. These toxic chemicals pose a deadly risk for those who work at the tanneries and for humans and animals who live nearby. Learn more about the leather industry’s victims around the world:
Leave a comment telling us why you would never wear leather. We want to hear your voice!
[...] 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 [...]
i would never wear fur, just stopped buying leather bags, wallets and shoes as well. just purchased a stella wallet and 2 bags, beautiful and cruelty free. i am just curious as to why stella still uses wool and silk which are equally cruel? Stella GO VEGAN all the way!!!!
How would you know for sure if the leather is real? .. Anyway it is wrong to kill animals for leather & clothes in my opinion, because we don’t need to have an animal rapped around us to live, there are so many clothes that are just fine to wear. Like the UGG boots I have a pair of boots that look just like them but they aren’t made of sheep & they are cheaper! That’s why UGGS are 100$ or a lil more or less, it’s reallu upsetting.
I will admit it, I have a pair of leather combat boots that I purchased before I became vegan and while I was vegetarian I really regret it now because I know I could have pretty easily found a cool faux leather pair and because they remind me of how much of an asshole I used to be all the time that I wear them now :/ I still do wear them, however, because I do not think that throwing them out would make it any better and, on the contrary, would make me feel like I wasted that life, which would be even worse. I have since purchased a vegan leather corset though and I love it :3 I am really disturbed by leather clothes that come in direct contact with people’s skin because they literally wear someone’s skin on top of their own. EW!
i dont and would never wear leather because it’s just so horrible. as children we learn to treat others the way we would like to be treated, but where along the line do people lose sight of this? i would not want to be treated like the animals who suffer every day of their lives to be a needless hunk of meat on a dinner plate, a fur coat, or leather shoes; so why would i partake in this cruelty?
I don’t eat meat or wear fur. Why would I want to add to the misery of these poor animals by wearing leather? Never. I don’t understand vegetarians or vegans who wear leather. I do not believe that animals are placed here for our “use”, rather we are placed here to protect and respect them.