Compo-SiL：Sustainable Vegan Leather
Leather is the quintessential material of fashion scene. Because of high cost and craftsmanship involved in leather processing, leather represents "luxury." However, the production process of leather will have a great negative impact on the environment. For example, during the production and dyeing process, the main animal leather of cattle and sheep must be made by many chemicals, organic solvents and paints which not only poisons the human body but also produces high-concentration wastewater and organic pollutants. As a result, people turn to choose alternatives eco-friendly products. With the rise of environmental awareness, people found vegan leather is a material that mimics leather but is created from artificial or plant products instead of animal skins.
For example, animal leather is unfriendly to the environment, as it shares responsibility for all environmental destruction caused by meat production and pollution.
Faux leather is pretty bad for the environment, too. Faux leather makes use of petroleum-derived materials, which might include polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and chlorine. PVC containing toxic additives such as lead is harmful to human health while the widespread use of chlorine causes pollution.
Because of this ethical issue and environmental impacts of using animal skin for leather, people turn to choose alternatives eco-friendly products.
What Is Vegan Leather?
Vegan leather is a term that refers to materials that are made to look like natural leather, and not come from the dead of animal skins. Most vegan leather is an alternative material that mimics leather but is created from artificial or plant products instead of animal skins.
Silicone is an ethical and sustainable alternative to the raw material for animal leather. It is cruelty-free and comes with high durability, weather-resistant, etc features. It is not only environment-friendly material but it also helps in making the environment better by reducing the amount of CO2 generated in silicone production.
Compo-SiL® Vegan leather is made of silicone rubber. Compo-SiL® vegan silicone raw material constitutes mostly silicone which is a highly sustainable, durable, soft, breathable, and environmentally friendly material. The raw material for silicone rubber is derived from natural silica, the constituent of sand. Various studies have shown silicone is non-toxic and harmless to the environment.
How Is Vegan Leather Made?
Most commonly, vegan leather is made from a variety of non-animal materials and different material has lots of unlike ways. Compo-SiL® entire manufacturing process follows green manufacturing procedures and regulations. Compo-SiL® is ISO 14001, and TAF EC014 certified. No harmful chemicals or solvents are used or released during the creation and production process, giving silicone rubber-based vegan leather an environmentally friendly manufacturing footprint. Most importantly, all Compo-SiL® coloring additives for vegan leather production are created in masterbatches tested by SGS to pass FDA / RoHS / REACH requirements to be environmentally friendly. Over our lifecycle, silicone products reduce more carbon dioxide emissions than created during the manufacturing process.
What’s Compo-SiL® Difference with Other Vegan Leather Brand?
Compared with other leathers, Compo-SiL® is more sustainable and eco-friendly. Most faux leathers are composed of a knitted polyester base with PVC. But since they're essentially plastic-based, they come with many of the same environmental problems of other synthetics.
On the contrary, Silicone is an eco-friendly bio-compatible non-plastic versatile synthetic polymer and industrially refined from natural silica, which is the major constituent made from sand. In comparison with other plastics, silicone is more sustainable and less intruding on the environment with reduced CO2 emission and more energy saving.