Faux leather, also known as synthetic leather, is a petroleum-based alternative to genuine leather. While faux leather has many of the same desirable attributes of genuine leather, it is not necessary to harm animals to create this substance.
Like real leather, faux leather is soft to the touch, and it is water-resistant. Therefore, this fabric is highly resistant to stains faux leather, and it is easy to clean. While synthetic leather is less durable than real leather, it is resistant to both abrasions and cuts, which makes it an ideal fabric for upholstery in homes with children or pets.
Most manufacturers of synthetic leather make this substance in the same colors as real leather, but it’s possible to make faux leather in any color under the sun. Therefore, some manufacturers experiment by making yellow, green, purple, or even blue synthetic leather to differentiate their goods from the genuine leather market.
Since faux leather is almost as good at insulating body heat as normal leather, it is a popular fabric for outerwear garments such as jackets and coats. Unless you inspect it closely, it’s often hard to tell the difference between real leather and fake leather. Even the most uninitiated fabric enthusiasts, however, can usually tell the difference between pleather and real leather by touch; synthetic leather feels like plastic to the touch, which is single greatest factor differentiating this type of fabric from real leather.
While animal rights activists extoll the virtues of faux leather since it doesn’t require killing cows or other animals, defenders of the environment bemoan the fact that synthetic leather doesn’t biodegrade and that the production of this substance releases harmful chemicals into the environment. In recent years, however, some manufacturers have started making vegetable-based synthetic leather, which seemingly solves both the ethical concerns surrounding genuine leather production and the environmental concerns regarding faux leather production.