Lost Woods is a luxury Australian handbag label, handmade in Portugal from premium plastic-free vegan leather.
Cattle ranching for beef and leather is the biggest driver of deforestation in the world - our brand name pays homage to all of the forests and wildlife lost to leather.
Why is animal leather unsustainable?
Not only is leather sourced from exploited animals living in inhumane conditions - it's an environmental nightmare.
Demand for leather has skyrocketed in recent years, fuelling the killing of animals specifically for their hides. In some cases, rare and exotic species are targeted, pushing them closer to extinction.
Most leather comes from the beef industry, which is commonly thought of as a good thing - recycled waste, right? But the global leather industry is projected to reach $630 billion by 2025. Leather is hardly waste. Instead, it's an important co-product, produced by an industry that is steadily ruining the environment.
Cattle grazing for beef and leather is a massive global driver of deforestation. It's responsible for 80% of the deforestation in the Amazon. Lost forests lead to lost biodiversity and less CO2 absorption.
The UN estimates that livestock production accounts for about 14.5% of all human-induced emissions. Methane from cows is 28x more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere.
Animal waste runoff can pollute waterways, harming aquatic ecosystems and contaminating drinking water. Leather tanneries use harmful chemicals, contributing to air and water pollution.
Between raising the animal and processing the skin, the Water Footprint Network estimates that it takes 17,000 liters of water to produce 1 kg of leather.
Excessive use of antibiotics in livestock can lead to antibiotic resistance in bacteria, posing a significant threat to human health.
What's the alternative?
Traditional faux leather has been rebranded as 'vegan leather' in recent years. This is technically correct - it's not made from animals - but brands have been using the eco connotations associated with veganism to greenwash a plastic based product.
Pleather is made from PVC or polyurethane - plastic derived from petroleum fossil fuels. Although faux leather lacks the animal abuse component, production of pleather involves significant water, energy and chemicals. It is also typically of a lower quality than animal leather and will flake with age.
There have been some developments of polyurethane made from vegetable oil instead of petrol, but ultimately, PU is still plastic and will never break down.
A range of 'plant-based' faux leathers have hit the market in recent years, but unfortunately, they still rely on a percentage of plastic to achieve their durability.
Our bags are proudly made with MIRUM®, the first 100% plastic free vegan leather in the world.
MIRUM® is the leather alternative the world has been waiting for
MIRUM® is produced in a wind-energy powered factory in the USA. It is a 100% biobased material, certified by the USDA.
- Zero plastics
- Low carbon
- Naturally circular
- Luxurious feel
- Highly durable