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Fake Leather vs. Real, and My Affordable Adorable Purse Collection

All six together cost only $125!

(See my comment below for urgent update, haha. Also see 2 links added at bottom.)

Just indulging my handbag obsession…they make me happy. Also sharing some important, relevant information down below. Not really expecting anyone to have much interest in this topic, except for a few other bargain hunting bag-aholics. But then, with my crappy web cam photos, even they may be disappointed. Ah well, below is my little collection of faux leather, “vegan” bags. I don’t really have a favorite among them, they’re all equally favorite. 😍

And no, I don’t think this bag thing makes me interesting…quite the opposite; I’m all done trying to be interesting to people. 😴

Lookie…

Lulu Satchel by Rosetti – White, Tan Trim (PVC, lots of compartments, cheery, nice for spring and summer, $20 at Ross)☟

Gussaci Style No. G15555 – Tan (polyurethane, roomy, adorable, several handy compartments, labeled “vegan,” $19 at Ross)☟

Deluxity Hobo Shoulder Bag – Cognac (orangish tan, polyurethane, soft & roomy with nice compartments inside & out, $20 at Ross)☟

Deluxity Hobo Shoulder Bag – Same as above but in Taupe (both labeled “PETA-approved & vegan,” $20 at Ross)☟

Gussaci Style No. G15526 – Tan (polyurethane, smooth, beautiful tan w/gleaming gold hardware, 2 main compartments, $23 at Ross)☟
Gussaci G15526 again – Black (polyurethane, especially pretty in black, the two were labeled “vegan for the animals,” $23 at Ross)☟

Hey, wake up, you! It’s not nice to doze off while looking at some hardworking nut’s blog! 😓

I am just in love with each and every one of their adorable, functional, well-made, scrumptious little selves. And yes, they do have personalities, because, you got it, I’m nuts. They’re all medium size and average $20 each, so all of them cost me far less than these la-di-da, uppity, “high maintenance but worth it” women spend on just one bag in their vast collections, so as purse-crazy goes, I’m not all that far gone.

But seriously, all this cuteness, good craftsmanship and great functionality can be got on the cheap and without ever resorting to using animal skins.

Unfortunately, almost 100% of faux leather handbags are made in China

Even though they’re usually designed and the companies based elsewhere, China still makes almost all handbags and much else that people use worldwide. Despite there being many truly kind, intelligent Chinese citizens, the nation is of course known for unscrupulous practices, including the monstrous dog/cat meat trade. It’s why I keep the number of bags and the expense down and use them well and donate them while still functional. I trust (with a great deal of hope) that the product originators are diligent in seeing that Chinese manufacturers obey safety and all other standards, such as regarding lead (see below).

Regarding the safety and environmental impacts from vinyl and polyurethane products versus animal skins:

Unsafe levels of lead were once regularly found in fake leather products, notably in brightly colored items like yellow, orange, red, and green. Since 2016, lead levels in Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) products have decreased dramatically due to new regulations. That’s in California anyways, due to Proposition 65…and if they must obey California’s standards to sell here, hopefully it’s also their practice for everywhere. Polyurethane (PU) is a better option for people who want more environmentally safe products. (Most of my current bags are made of PU.) So yes, there is environmental pollution from the plastics industries, but handbags are only a fraction of the plastics used out there.

People talk against fake leather because they think real leather is natural and environmentally friendly. But real leather of course comes from the “cattle” slaughter industry which causes a host of damaging environmental impacts on its own. But leather also contains environmentally hazardous elements due to the tanning process—aside from the serious, legitimate, ethical reasons for not buying leather. Chromium is the most serious danger with leather, also known as Cr, among other heavy metals and chemicals known to be damaging to health. There is also drinking water, soil and air pollution caused by the leather industry.

They’ll say leather lasts longer so is better, but I say just take good care of your plastic items and use them for years, and donate or recycle them whenever possible. Plastic #3 (PVC) can be recycled into: binders, cables, carpet backing, decking and fencing, film plastic, flooring, park benches, pipe, speed bumps and traffic cones.

Fabric handbags are of course an option for some. But best yet, there are many great, natural and sustainable vegan leather products being made these days, such as from processed apple skins, cork or tree bark (from sustainable timber), among others, like these, and they’re beautiful, but are out of my price range. So buy them up, all you big spenders, and bring those prices down! 😉 (Although I don’t plan on buying any more bags anytime soon.)

What’s the real reason for all this blathering away about purses?…

Cows and other animals are sweet and innocent, and what is done to them when they’re used as products is truly horrifying—far beneath us all as technologically advanced, ethically aware human beings in 2019 and beyond…

Couple of related articles for anyone who wants to know more about fake leather:

Some people say PU contains leather…does it? SEE HERE

About Californiia’s law that’s supposed to protect us from things like lead in handbags: SEE HERE