Alternatives to leather made from animal hides have been around for decades. Synthetic leather is in our car seats and our stylish jackets. But at least one of the chemicals used to make faux leather is highly toxic. In episode 18 of Speaking of Chemistry, host Lauren Wolf explains how companies usually make pleather and talks about a more environmentally friendly manufacturing process that’s in the works.
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Synthetic Leather’s Green Revivial
Volume 92 Issue 33 | pp. 28-29
Issue Date: August 18, 2014
Leather From Another Era
Volume 87 Issue 5 | pp. 18-21
Issue Date: Feb. 2, 2009