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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.</div>
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non leather shoes are (seem) often more enviromental friendly then leather shoes.<br><br><br><br>
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.<br><br><br><br>
Leather alternatives... hmm, we might be able to learn more about their pollution amounts if we know the exact material..
 
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