As I’m sure many of us have, I have scoured the internet looking for more ethical options when on the hunt for a new handbag. Time and time again, the bags made of real leather have trumped my vegan options in design and quality. But Angela Roi is about to change the way we think about vegan ‘leather’ products for good.
Starting out in 2013, Angela and Roi founded their brand with an altruistic mission to change the world of fashion. While keeping within the design sphere of high-end luxury, Angela Roi bags are made of EPUL (Exquisite Polyurethane Leather). While Angela Roi bags are not leather, EPUL has proved itself as an amazing substitute that feels like the real thing.
The environmental impacts of leather
Like farming animals for food, leather requires huge amounts of feed, pastureland, water, and fossil fuels. Animals on factory farms produce 130 times as much excrement as the entire human population, without the benefit of waste treatment plants. Turning animal skin into leather also requires massive amounts of energy and dangerous chemicals, some of them cyanide-based.
How many bags is too many bags?
While the production of plastic faux leather poses its own problems to the environment, they are far outweighed by leather production. Understanding that everything we consume has an environmental impact attached to it, makes us question what we need vs what we want. When it comes to bags, I find I can survive well with one large bag for work and one or two smaller bags for everyday use – all you have to do is search for a bag that you will use for a long period of time, even if it means spending the extra money on something that is well made and you love 100%.
How many handbags do you think you could live with?