After eight successful years and thousands of leather bags sold around the world, the Original Satchel Store (www.originalsatchelstore.co.uk) has announced that it will no longer use animal skins to make its bags and accessories.
Instead, the company will give its entire production over to making vegan bags and accessories made from pineapple leaves which are, easy to work with, sustainable, environmentally friendly and do not harm the planet. They also make beautiful products.
“We want to be seen to be working with Nature, not against her and we are delighted to have sourced an all-natural product that we can offer to customers with a clear conscience for us and for them. It feels the right thing to do,” said Steve Greenhalgh, a director of the Original Satchel Store.
As a product to replace leather, pineapple leaves tick just about every environmentally friendly box, whereas leather production uses health-damaging chemicals, is harmful to the planet, and, of necessity involves the death of animals.
“There is an alternative that allows customers to be in the vanguard of fashion without it costing the earth or raising serious ethical dilemmas,” said Steve, adding: “We have spent the last year or so looking at alternatives to leather including ‘pleather’ and artificial leather none of which were acceptable, until we found Pinatex, a material made from pineapple leaves.
“Given the choice was to continue to use animal skins or find an alternative that gave us the same high-quality products without the ethical conflict, we decided to follow the alternative. Not only does leather production cause cruelty to animals, it causes cruelty to people as well”
The Original Satchel Store will still employ the same production techniques, the same commitment to UK bag manufacture and the same commitment to high-quality which have made their leather bags so popular around the globe.
The decision to switch from leather to vegan plant-based material also reflects a growing demand from the company’s customers who not only want to look good, they want to feel good as well – appearance alone is no longer good enough.
“Pineapple leaves are a fabulous alternative to leather. They are vegan, environmentally benign, perfect for our product range and, crucially, cruelty free. From now on that will be the direction of travel for the Original Satchel Store.”
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