Increasing concerns about animal welfare as well as conservation brings the transition from usage of animal leather to faux leather. Only in the twentieth century did significant changes start to appear. Referring to the French term ‘faux’ meaning fake/false, faux leather has its own ethical reason to use, even though it is artificial.
With millionaires opting for Vegan options, yes, not only in their diet, faux leather and its variants are becoming increasingly popular. Faux leather typically comes in two variants, obviously with its modified sub-types. The unusual stench of the material had to be overcome in challenging ways and looks like it worked too!
The base of every type of faux leather is fabric in nature, which when treated with various dyes, chemicals as well as waxes and further given an artificial effect in the form of pores and grains which give it the texture as well as appearance of real leather. The entire product is man-made and thus does not incorporate harming any animals in the process.
The two variants are Polyurethane or PU and Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC. PVC was known to be used before PU and both are now used for various purpose. Both have been derived from petroleum products, accounting for the typical stench. PU is softer than PVC and is thus widely used for fabric and clothing.
There are various modified versions of faux leather and subtypes of synthetic leather come in the form of leatherette, koskin and faux leather. The faux leather is generally used for household upholstery, leatherette for clothing and automobile fabric and koskin for consumer based products. PVC and PU come under the types of faux leather.
Faux leather could be used in several ways but, the most common is upholstery. For the stiffer varieties, PVC based faux leather and koskin are often used. They provide the strength to withstand and protect gadgets as well as automobile interiors.
Obviously soft leather would tear and crack faster, hence for rough use, PVC is always preferred over PU leather. Faux leather could be used for car seats, sofa/chairs/bed upholstery, kitchen upholstery etc.
Faux leather is versatile and thus the different textures that could be incorporated into it make it open to being customizable. They could be embellished, embroidered, printed and given different textures. Household upholstery tends to get boring and monotonous with time, playing around with colors and patterns makes it more vibrant.
Faux leather has that added advantage over natural leather, which does not have the option of too much chemical experimentation.
Since the texture is largely dependent on the manufacturer, faux leather could also be sewn easily. This makes it easy to stitch in different shapes according to our choice and hence makes it a very user-friendly material to work with. So, would you consider using faux leather?
Source: ABC News Australia
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