The debate surrounding Synthetic vs Genuine Leather has been going on for quite some time. Recently, it has picked up momentum.

The terminology “Leather” is only applicable to materials that are obtained from Animal Origin, whose collagen is left intact, without breaking the fibres physically. But sadly the term is being used around wrongly, using “Faux Leather”, “Synthetic Leather”, “PU Leather” or “Vegan Leather”, or any other terms of such sort which is misleading and is misrepresenting what the word truly stands for.

Leaving that aside, if one were to look at Leather and its alternates, and truly compare the wide spread myths and misconceptions surrounding the Leather, its manufacture and its constituents, it would appear to have been grossly exaggerated. Some of the them are given below:


Myths Surrounding Leather

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Myth No.01

"Animals are killed for their Skins and leather manufacture promotes the inhumane slaughter of animals"

The Fact is:

“Leather is a by product of the meat industry. 95% of all the leathers are made from 4 major sources: Cow, Goat, Sheep & Buffalo. None are killed for their skins and all are slaughtered only for meat. Value of Skin is significantly lesser than Meat, and so it does not make Economic Sense to kill an animal for their Skin. “

Myth No.02

"Leather is Non Bio Degradable"

The Fact is:

“Constituent of a Leather is 70% Animal Skin, 20% Chemicals (mostly Biodegradable) and 10% Moisture. In comparison, the nearest alternate is Synthetic Leather which is 100% Chemical, derived from the Petrochemical Industry. Hence obviously Leather is more Bio Degradable than Synthetic Leathers.“

Myth No.03

“ Leather manufacturing is Toxic “

The Fact is:

“ Any processing industry involving high water and chemical use is generally toxic, unless strict control measures are followed. It is immature to label an industry as being toxic. Leather manufacture has witnessed significant strides in environmental management rivalling many other industries, and is a sustainable manufacturing practise if done right. “

Myth No.04

“ Chrome Tanning is Hazardous “

The Fact is:

Leather manufacturers use Chrome, Natural Vegetable Extracts and other Organic Chemicals for tanning. Even in the case of Chrome usage, more than 95% of available Chrome Ores in Earth are used in industries outside leather, and only a minor portion ends up in Leather. More detailed and scientific explanations on Chrome can be found at:
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The Leather Economy

Leather is an important material that has implications for the economy of any country. It provides numerous jobs and welfare to many people dependant on the industry.

Indian Leather Sector is a nearly 18 Billion Dollar industry. It produces 2.5 Billion Sq. Ft of Leather, accounting for 13% of Global Production. 55% of the Industry Workforce in India is aged less than 35, making it one of the youngest and productive workforces. Indian is the world’s 2nd largest producer of Footwear.

The Industry also provides one of the best opportunities in Job Creation. The industry employs more than 2.5 Million People and is a focus sector in the Indian Government’s Make in India Initiative.

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