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I find myself in a bit of a dilemma as of late. It has been YEARS since I included animal by-products in my wardrobe choices (wool, leather, and the like), and I have always purchased shoes made from man-made leather alternatives. However, a big part of my lifestyle is directed by a desire to lessen the negative ENVIRONMENTAL impact I leave behind, and I am very troubled by what I read regarding the process of manufacturing faux materials. I cannot help but wonder if I am contributing to the "big picture problem" when I continue to support the pollution of our waterways and destruction of ecosystems due to petroleum by-products being transformed into footwear. I cannot in good conscience purchase new leather shoes, but I wonder whether a more responsible choice would be to wear recycled (vintage) leather shoes...any thoughts?
 

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I cannot help but wonder if I am contributing to the "big picture problem" when I continue to support the pollution of our waterways and destruction of ecosystems due to petroleum by-products being transformed into footwear.
non leather shoes are (seem) often more enviromental friendly then leather shoes.

Most people don't realize how toxic the chemicals can be that are used in the tanning process of the leather.
 

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Yep. That's what I read, 1vegan. That the chemicals in tanning the leather make them equal to, or worse than synthetic, as far as the impact on the environment. True or not, I don't know. But I like it.
 

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i had done some research a while ago on the pollution in processing leather. I was surprised at how much pollution there was, especially water pollution.

Leather alternatives... hmm, we might be able to learn more about their pollution amounts if we know the exact material..
 
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