Helsinki Fashion Week ditches leather in stand against animal cruelty
The event showcases cutting-edge design in a renewable energy-powered Eco-Village that is also zero waste. Now event bosses have pledged to take their ethos step further by dropping animal skin, after vegan charity PETA supplied them with a letter that 'extensively cites information about the leather industry'. In its letter, PETA wrote that leather is a lucrative co-product of the meat industry, which is one of the world's biggest polluters and contributors to climate change. "Tanneries - which use formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, cyanide-based dyes, and other dangerous chemicals - are notorious for polluting nearby water and soil." It added that a number of innovative designers refuse to use the fabric, opting instead for new alternative materials.
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