One of the main resistances to vegan and ethical clothing is that the quality will not be as good, and that the products will either be less strong, less attractive, or will not last as long. With modern manufacturing techniques and clever designs, many vegan belts are just as good as, if not better than, real leather belts. This incredible discovery can change many people’s outlook, allowing them to happily enjoy ethical, eco friendly and cruelty free fashion, instead of shopping for leather accessories such as belts, wallets, purses, shoes, and other items that are traditionally made from animal products.
Of course, one of the main questions is how can a vegan product that is made from faux leather of nubuck be as high quality as something that is made from leather? Leather is known for being particularly hardy and durable, and people who invest in leather clothing and accessories do so in the knowledge that it will last them for many years. The main resistance to vegan clothing is that people do not want to spend good money on something that will be of a lower quality and durability, so they will get less use out of it. However, that would simply not be worthwhile for vegan manufacturers – products that do not last are thrown away, entering landfill and causing more problems than they solve for the planet. This would not be a sustainable business model, and you can be assured that a good vegan product manufacturer will never want to end up in a situation where their customers are having to throw products away.
Manufacturers will get around this by creating products that are very well made, and that use a very good quality of material. If you are thinking of investing in a vegan belt, there are two main types that you might want to think about, that will be as strong and as well made as real leather belts:
- Eco friendly leather belts. Quality eco friendly leather can be made from faux nubuck, made with PU as a base. This will then have a microfiber lining, as well as a premium microfiber PU forming the top layer as well. Definitely do not opt for a cheap microfiber type of vegan leather, as this is far less likely to last well. Pick a company that has clearly invested in its products and that writes about them in great detail on their website, explaining the different components, and how they contribute to quality and the overall makeup of the belt.
- Cork belts. These types of vegan belts consist of three layers: a PU base, a lining, and a top layer of natural cork leather. Cork is widely considered to be one of the best vegan materials around because it is natural and biodegradable. At the same time, it is very attractive and will look absolutely stunning. When making a cork vegan belt, the layers are all joined securely together, then the belt is stitched as well. This will ensure that it is very strong and designed to last.