What is Faux Leather Made of?
Faux leather, or artificial leather, is a material that is designed to look like real leather. It is often made by using plastics or polyurethane, with vegetable-based alternatives also available from kelp, cork oak tree bark, and Swedish koskinn. Often used for clothing, upholstery and fabrics, faux leather provides a cheaper alternative to real leather and appeals to those who condemn the use of animal skins for their belongings.
Many imitation types of leather are created by applying a plastic coating to a layer of polyester and then finished to produce a leather-look product. This synthetic leather is described as ‘breathable’ due to micro-pores within its composition. Another type of popular faux leather is PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, often used in profile applications such as windows and doors as well as within bottle-manufacturing industries. This kind of synthetic leather is often used in clothing, with PVC trousers and jackets being very popular.
Benefits of Using Faux Leather
As no animals are harmed in the production of faux leather, this makes it a popular choice for vegans, animal lovers and those with personal ethics that forbid or put them off using real leather. Polyurethane faux leather materials are recognised as being environmentally friendly and can be produced in every colour and style imaginable, as well as coming in a variety of patterns.
Polyurethane synthetic leather is durable and easily cleaned. It holds a high gloss finish well and requires very little maintenance. Unlike real leather, it does not crack, and it is also a UV fade-resistant material, making it a popular choice for furniture, especially sofas, chairs, and beds. Faux leather products are ideal for those who love the look of leather but find it too expensive for a personal budget.