Leather has long been considered an essential and staple addition to anyone’s wardrobe for its durability, classic style and of course, for its product sustainability. It could be easy to disregard leather when it comes to choosing sustainable accessories due to its origin, but leather can actually be seen as one of the more sustainable materials available in today’s fashion landscape. 


The life-cycle of a product is one of the bigger indicators of its sustainability, and leather is one of the most durable materials that, with the right care, can last up to five times longer than other fabrics. These products won’t need to be replaced as often as non-authentic leather products and therefore decreases the overall consumption of the fashion industry.  

Quality Material 

Revered for its long-lasting durability, leather is an all-around material that creates eye-catching products sure to withstand the test of time. As a material, leather is easy to maintain, difficult to damage, and only gets softer with time. Leather products are sure to hold up against wear and tear, particularly when pitted against non-leather and fake leather products of lesser quality.  

Timeless and Cyclical Styles 

Our products in particular have the added benefit of timeless designs that will never seem out of place, even as fashion trends come and go. Leather has a timeless appeal and unbeatable reputation; this, alongside our classic and versatile approach, cements ROMA by RL leather products as staple additions to anyone’s wardrobe, regardless of personal style or changing trends. 

Leather as a by-product

A products sustainability is often defined by the way it is sourced. Leather is considered to be a sustainable material as it is often a by-product from the pre-existing meat industry, meaning it utilises animal skin that would otherwise be discarded and end up in a landfill. In comparison to faux leathers, minimal energy is spent on manufacturing this naturally occurring material, making it a more environmentally friendly option. 

Real vs Vegan Leather

With a surge in popularity over vegan products and their promotion as the ‘green choice’ it is easy to presume that vegan leather would be the better option in comparison to authentic full-grain leather. However, when it comes to the life-span of a product the most popular vegan leather materials are only designed to last approximately 3-5 years, whereas a quality leather product has the potential to withstand generations. In addition to its longevity, the tanning process of producing vegetable tanned leather uses only natural organic substances compared to the chemicals processes involved in creating artificial fabrics such as PU and PVC (popular vegan leathers), so is often seen as a more environmental and natural production process.  

Leathers in the Roma Leather British factory.

There are few perfect answers to sustainable choice-making when it comes to the fashion and accessories market. However, investing in accessories that use a high quality, long-lasting leather as we do is a great step in choosing sustainable items that you will be able to treasure across the decades. Find the quality leather accessories that are missing from your life by shopping our full collection today.