We thought it may be interesting to create bullet points for the reasons for choosing to wear cruelty-free fashion.  Beyond Skin was created in 2003 to offer a fashionable alternative to wearing leather shoes, with animals, our environment and people in the forefront of our mind.  These are some reasons why we exist…

  • 25% of the world’s land surface is used for grazing or to grow animal feed for more than 1.25 billion livestock.
  • A third of the grain we grow is to feed livestock.
  • One third of the world’s land suffers desertification caused from clearing forest for grazing or to grow food for livestock.
  • Livestock creates more greenhouse gas than transport.
  • Agriculture uses 70 per cent of the world’s fresh water; a cow can drink up to 127 litres of water a day.
  • On average, one cow hide will provide 18 pairs of leather shoes and each pair of shoes is accountable for the use of over 1.4 million litres of water.
  • An estimated 225 environmentally damaging and toxic chemicals are used in leather production.  Most of these are banned in the EU.
  • Due to cheap labour most leather is tanned in developing countries.
  • 90 per cent of global leather is chrome-tanned. Chrome is a carcinogen.
  • Ammonia and nitrates from farm animal urine and excrement often leaches in to ground and surface water, polluting wells and rivers.
  • The tanning process involves adding chemical preservatives to the skins and hides to ensure they do not biodegrade.
  • Vegetable tanned leather is less biodegradable than chrome leather due to the differences in the tanning stages.
  • PVC is toxic and a carcinogenic – we only use PU’s Polyurethane in the creation of our shoes.
  • Viscose has a substantial impact on the environment as it’s processed with huge amounts of acid chemicals.
  • Every second we lose 1.5 acres of rainforest; if deforestation continues we have approximately 40 years of rainforest left!


All of these points are pretty intense, but we thought it’s good to remind ourselves sometimes of our options and how to use our power as a consumer.

‘..Be the change you wish to see in the world…’ Ghandi

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