Sometimes, it is easy to overlook what we purchase and where it came from. This video sheds some light on the graphic origins of our leather clothing.

It’s worth noting that the majority of stores carry non-leather shoes, bags, and other products. In actuality, many products that look like leather are actually synthetic (pleather). Check the labels for words like “all man-made materials” or “synthetic.”

Making the conscious choice to completely abstain from wearing any animal-derived skins is one of the most empowering decisions you can make.

Thinking of the environmental impact, the ethics and the fact that it is entirely easy to do so. The alternatives are endless.

Five large dogs being transported to their slaughter on the back of a motorcycle. Vietnam, 2008.  Courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Five large dogs being transported to their slaughter on the back of a motorcycle. Vietnam, 2008. Courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

On the high street, pleather is commonly seen in Zara and H&M. Meanwhile, Free People (www.freepeople.co.uk) is a great brand to order, that offers ranges of vegan faux-leather products, such as this elegant vegan tote and these gorgeous heels.

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“If you buy leather gloves, belts or shoes, remember, there’s no easy way to tell whose skin you’re really in.” Joaquin Phoenix

Warning: The video contains extremely graphic footage which viewers may find distressing.

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