Why should we use leather?
The use of leather previously harvested as a food source is one of the first signs of humans recycling in the world. The consumption of meat causes around 7 million tons of bovine hides every year, which is about 1,000 trucks of bovine hides per day. The hides are only a small amount of the animal value. It is a by-product. It is only available because of the meat consumption of the world.
The use of hides has been practiced for several thousands of years and for good reason. It was an integral part of man’s early survival but now the industry, products and craftsmanship can be integrated into many parts of our daily life.
The Benefits of Using Leather:
- High quality leathers are extremely durable. Leather substitutes or fabric cannot compete to the wear and tear properties of true leather. In fact in some instances, leather improves in appearance with age.
- It is timeless and will always remain in the public consciousness as style. Modern designers consistently strive to come up with new ways to incorporate leather into fashion. We at TWIL are taking that concept into modern home décor.
- It’s natural and a recycled product of our food chain, there by sustainable. Choose Real Leather, a leading leather resource, talks about just how much leather we make here in the US. Cattle will be harvested whether there is a leather industry or not. Leather substitutes are byproducts of the petroleum industry and carry a larger global footprint. The use of these products, which has a shorter life span than leather products, means we will have to dispose of greater amounts of material. The synthetic fibered products also have a much better chance of an adverse reaction to our skin than that of natural products.
- Luxury. Nothing can match the supple feeling of leather. Leather breaths. Air can pass through it. Leather is also flexible. It accommodates its surrounding whether it is home décor, shoes, a handbag, furniture or in your automobile.
Transforming Hides into Art
If we don’t take advantage of the already existing material of the hides, the meat producers would have to burn them or dispose them, and that can really cause a very negative impact on the environment.
It is important to mention that producing substitute products like plastic or polyurethane require valuable resources like water, crude oil among others that impact directly on the carbon footprint in the environment.
The use of the hides adds value to the products by transforming bovine hides into leather and there are manufacturers that meet the highest environmental and working standards of the world.
The use of leather pays back in its durability, timeless style, comfort and environmental impact. Let’s have a conversation about how we can use leather in your home decor.