CDE are Indonesia’s first and only vegetarian designer brand. We do not think that any animal should give their life for the sake of fashion.
We do not use and have never used leather, skins, feathers or fur in any of our products, collaborations or licensed products. This is a decision that we stand behind both ethically and environmentally.
Other than the obvious and significant ethical issues surrounding the culling of animals for their hides, in recent years studies by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and NGOs such as PETA have shown us that the meat and leather industry is one of the most environmentally damaging in the world.
The climate impact alone is staggering – meat and leather production is responsible for 18% of all manmade greenhouse gases in the world, with a single cow emitting 19.3 pounds/8.75kg of methane annually. Compare this to transportation, which only accounts for 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Additionally, animal skins used for clothing and accessories are loaded with caustic, toxic chemicals that prevent them from decomposing – the very opposite of what we expect from a natural resource. The chemicals used in leather tanning makes it one of most toxic industries in the world. Chrome, a known carcinogen, is used in huge quantities and the groundwater near leather tanneries in developing countries has been found to contain critically high levels of lead, formaldehyde and even cyanide. This causes cancer and other fatal illnesses in nearby populations.
We have spent months exploring what we think are the best leather alternative available anywhere.