Sofie Bly is a vegetarian brand and as such we do not use leather, skins, fur or feathers in any of our products.
As a sustainable brand we prefer staying away from plastics as much as possible. We never use PVC and our synthetic leathers are always of the best quality.
Plant leather is one of the most innovative materials of our time. A material that lowers the carbon footprint of our products without sacrificing style in any way.
Our plant leather is made by mixing PU with palm, corn, soybean and other plant oils. This mixture is laminated together in layers to create something that feels and acts like animal leather. This vegan option doesn’t harm any animals and It’s breathable, strong and water repellent.
Not using leather helps us to reduce our overall carbon impact. Meat and leather production is responsible for 18% of all man-made greenhouse gases, with a single cow emitting 19.3 pounds/8.75kg of methane annually. Methane is potent greenhouse gas, causing 25 times more global warming impact than CO2. Compare this to transportation, which only accounts for 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
We are committed to becoming a zero deforestation company and by not using leather we are significantly reduce our risk of contributing to deforestation. The cattle sector in the Brazilian Amazon is the largest driver of deforestation in the world; it is responsible for 14% of the world’s annual deforestation. According to the Brazilian government: Cattle are responsible for about 80% of all deforestation in the Amazon region.
Factoring in the resources needed to rear cattle 1 kilogram of leather can have up to 20 times the environmental impact of 1 kilogram of a synthetic material like polyester.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is the most environmentally damaging of all plastics (Greenpeace). We do not use any PVC in any of our products. Although we don’t use PVC, we do use plastics in our non-leather products – our most commonly used plastics are polyester, polyamide, and polyurethane. We use as much recycled plastic as possible and are committed to become 100% plastic free in the future!
We think that not using leather is a modern and important choice to safeguard our future.