Simply The Best Vegan Leather Bags and Accessories. Our Materials Make The Difference


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October 11, 2019 4 min read

In the ever-evolving landscape of fashion, it's imperative to gain a deep understanding of the products you invest in and the impact they have on the environment.

At Doshi, the forefront vegan fashion accessories brand renowned for crafting handbags, briefcases, belts, and wallets, we take pride in providing not just products but also an informative glimpse into the realm of vegan materials and their pivotal role in revolutionizing the leather industry.

Let's delve into the intricacies of vegan leather, unveil the reality behind the leather industry, and shed light on the eco-conscious materials we use, including the remarkable Pinatex.

The Personal and Environmental Significance of Vegan Materials

Selecting vegan materials for your fashion accessories is a decision that carries profound personal and environmental implications. Here's why it matters.

1. Compassionate Choices

By opting for vegan materials, you align your fashion choices with compassion for animals. Traditional leather production involves the use of animal hides, contributing to the suffering of countless creatures.

Vegan leather provides a humane alternative, allowing you to enjoy stylish accessories while championing animal welfare.

2. Reduced Environmental Impact

The leather industry is notorious for its adverse environmental effects. Animal farming, leather tanning, and chemical treatments generate significant pollution, deplete natural resources, and contribute to deforestation.

Vegan materials, on the other hand, tend to have a lower environmental footprint. Choosing them helps reduce your carbon footprint and supports a more sustainable future.

3. Preservation of Biodiversity

Animal agriculture not only endangers the welfare of animals but also disrupts ecosystems and threatens biodiversity. By embracing vegan materials, you contribute to the preservation of our planet's diverse species and habitats.

4. Health and Well-being

Many individuals experience allergic reactions or skin sensitivities when exposed to traditional leather products treated with chemicals.

Vegan materials often provide a hypoallergenic and skin-friendly alternative, promoting your personal well-being.

5. Innovation and Sustainability

The fashion industry is evolving, and innovation in vegan materials is at the forefront. Sustainable alternatives like Pinatex, crafted from pineapple plant waste, showcase the potential for transforming waste into valuable resources.

Supporting these innovations drives positive change and encourages the fashion industry to become more sustainable.

Debunking Ordinary PU Myths

Let's commence by dispelling the myths surrounding ordinary PU, frequently mistaken for vegan leather. This synthetic material, priced at a mere $1-2 per yard, is essentially a low-cost blend of nylon or polyester with a polyurethane (PU) coating. Regrettably, many companies, in their quest for animal-friendly alternatives, employ this subpar material, often mislabeling it as "vegan leather."

However, it is essential to recognize that true vegan leather should epitomize quality, a trait ordinary PU sorely lacks. It is prone to cracking, peeling, and manifesting inconsistencies—prompting the birth of Doshi with its mission to offer discerning consumers genuinely premium vegan products crafted from authentic vegan leather.

Exploring the Versatility of Cork

Turning our attention to cork, which is priced at around $3 per yard, we discover its versatile application in the world of vegan materials. While cork has garnered popularity as an eco-conscious option, it conceals a hidden truth.

Contrary to common belief, cork is rarely used in its pure form; the majority of cork products incorporate a backing material made of cotton or polyester. This begs the question: could we not harness the potential of these backing materials directly for crafting our bags? In such instances, a more accurate label for the material would be "polyester with a cork finish" rather than pure cork.

Non-woven Microfiber: The Embodiment of Vegan Leather Excellence

At Doshi, we take immense pride in our use of non-woven microfiber, a material priced at approximately $15 per yard, rightfully deserving the title of "vegan leather." The "non-woven" production process endows microfiber strands with uneven matting, resulting in an incredibly durable synthetic skin. Unlike ordinary PU, the non-woven microfiber base convincingly mimics the texture of authentic animal hide.

Notably, microfiber not only matches but often surpasses the quality and performance of high-end leather, boasting exceptional durability, scratch resistance, and resilience against peeling and cracking. In applications for vegan leather, a thin layer of PU is applied to the microfiber base, creating a genuine leather look. The bond between the PU and microfiber is exceptionally robust, making it resistant to breakdown.

While our long-term aspiration is to transition to entirely plant-based materials, our current choice vastly outperforms ordinary PU in terms of texture, longevity, and overall robustness.

The Marvel of Pinatex: An Eco-Friendly Champion

One of our proudest achievements lies in our incorporation of Pinatex, a remarkable vegan material, priced at over $50 per yard, that champions sustainability. Pinatex is created from the waste plant material generated during pineapple harvesting, primarily in the Philippines. This groundbreaking innovation is not only 80% biodegradable but is also committed to achieving 100% biodegradability.

Pinatex represents a stellar example of transforming waste into a valuable resource. While its cost remains a challenge, limiting its extensive use in our products, we wholeheartedly embrace Pinatex for its eco-conscious ethos.

Venturing into Emerging Vegan Materials

Finally, we are frequently asked about innovative vegan materials such as mushroom leather, algae leather, and more. We are genuinely excited about the potential of these materials in terms of sustainability and innovation. However, the cost factor plays a significant role in our decision-making process.

At Doshi, our primary objective is to create exquisite, long-lasting products that offer unparalleled value to our customers, ensuring that quality vegan fashion is accessible to all. Our belief is that by doing so, we can drive significant positive change within the fashion industry.

The Power of Your Choice of Vegan Leather

Your choice of fashion accessories extends beyond personal style; it holds the power to make a difference. By opting for vegan materials, you contribute to a more compassionate, sustainable, and environmentally conscious world.

At Doshi, we believe that every choice matters, and we're dedicated to providing you with premium vegan products that align with your values.

Shaping a Brighter Future

Your decision to embrace vegan materials in your accessories is a testament to your commitment to ethical fashion and a sustainable planet. At Doshi, we invite you to join us on this transformative journey, where we champion genuine vegan leather and ethical fashion. Together, we can shape a brighter, more compassionate, and environmentally responsible future in the world of fashion.

For more information on the materials we use, including Pinatex, please visit our materials page and explore our range of sustainable products.

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