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Why do some hate PU (Faux) leather so much?

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What is PU leather?

PU leather is a split leather that has been laminated with a polyurethane coating to make it look like a top grain leather. Usually, these leathers have a glossy surface and an antique look.

Consumers today are more alert to an ethical purchase. High on the list is an approach to fashion which takes care of the environment and the people who make the things we wear. And this is where PU leather comes in (, 2017).


What is its difference between Genuine leather and PU leather?

Leather vs Polyurethane – Difference and Comparison (, 2017)


Future trends in the world leather products industry

One has to remember that there is no leather without a dead animal. The Grand View Research report identified animal rights as one of the largest influence behind the increase of popularity of vegan leathers. It has been estimated that over the last 10 years the number of British vegans and vegetarians increased by 360% (HuffPost UK, 2017). Combined with the number of people who eat meat but are against animal cruelty, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that fashion is becoming more vegan. Animal leather has served humans well for centuries, but it is clear that the intensive use of it has made it detrimental to the environment. Vegan leather is on the rise. This trend shows that consumers are caring more and more about the consequences of what they wear.



In the 70s and 80s, leather jackets were ever so popular. It’s not the most popular thing nowadays (Global warming), but even today, leather jacket has retained its image of coolness. This is all thanks to its fabled durability and the protection it offers from intense sunlight, rain, and winds. However, leather is heavy and can feel hot when worn, as it’s not the kind of fabric that allows the skin to breathe. In addition, leather cannot be washed using regular means, and they need to be taken really good care of, or there will be build-up of mildew and odour on the fabric. High-maintenance much? (, 2017)

PU Leather (Faux leather)

Thankfully, there’s a not-so-new fabric in town that can rival leather. It looks and feels like leather – but it’s not. It’s polyurethane foam leather, more popularly known as faux leather. This material provides better protection from the rain. It’s also lighter, requires less stringent care, and can be machine-washed.

Leather loyalists can say all the negative things they want about faux leather, but sometimes the original can be challenged.

Back in the day, soldiers and hunters used to wear leather armour so they could be protected from weapon or animal attacks. Nowadays, while leather has become less of a protective garb and more of a fashion statement, it’s still used to protect. However, instead of the lives of people, it now protects smartphones.

When people find out that your smartphone cover is made of leather, you become this total hipster kid with a cool gadget case. Unfortunately, real leather smartphone covers only come in one colour: red.

Polyurethane foam smartphone covers, on the other hand, are cheaper and feature more colours: blue, green, light grey and dark grey. They’re also smooth and durable. So…who’s the cooler kid now?

Leather is an important material. But when it comes to versatility, polyurethane foam is definitely overwhelming. So, between the two, which one will you choose?


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