15 Jul '11, 4pm

Ask the Ecologist: Is wearing leather ever OK?

Ask the Ecologist: Is wearing leather ever OK?

Hi Ruth, I read your piece on hemp versus bamboo and organic cotton, and I was wondering what you have to say about leather. I’ve heard that it’s fine to wear it, provided you aren’t vegetarian, and that even fur is OK sometimes. What do you think? Sarah, Kilburn Leather poses an ethical problem as well as an environmental one; namely whether or not you’re OK with an animal being killed to provide you with clothes. Most people are happy to wear leather when they wouldn’t dream of wearing fur on the grounds that it is a by-product of the meat industry. To some extent this is true, although it does depend on the type of leather you choose. According to PETA , more than one billion cows are killed for meat each year, with the sale of the skin providing around 20 per cent of total revenues from the individual animal. With ostrich leather, the figure is turned on its head with ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/clothing/9...

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