Pleather controversy in ORGANIC STYLE magazine
From the Oct. 2004 issue of ORGANIC STYLE magazine,
"The other day, this guy protested about a pleather
bag we featured in our Sept. issue. I couldn't understand his problem -
it's a marvelous Stella McCartney tote!
Seriously, he argued, as some would (ask Peta and
they'll say pleather is better for the planet than leather; Greenpeace
disagrees), that the toxic run-off generated while making pleather is
worse than the cruel, chemical-laden production of leather goods. Pick
your poison...As it happens, pleather works for many
Todd Oldham says, "Firstly, it is humane, not cruel!
It's easier to clean, less expensive, cooler to the touch, impermeable to
liquid - and resists pet hair..."
On page 24 is a leather/pleather PRO & CON, with the
"Avoid products made of pvc (they are usually very
shiny or labeled VINYL) and choose pleather made from less toxic plastics,
such as polyurethane, polypropylene, and polyethylene. Opt for leather
for classic pieces you plan to keep for years."
Letters to the editor: email@example.com
incl name, address, and phone #, appx 150 wds or less. My .02
on the subject:
on this planet is currently made from plastic of some kind or another;
making a cruelty choice based on this logic is just an excuse. Buying all
animal-based clothing will change or improve NOTHING in the environment.
They also once featured an article about Oprah eating foie gras, and
there's nothing 'organic' about that.
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