Luxury Without Leather: Will Vegan Cars Gain Popularity?
Do a Google search for “vegan car” and the first result is likely to involve Tesla. The company is the first luxury automaker to offer a 100 percent animal-free vehicle.
That, of course, means no leather seats, no leather steering wheel, no leather gear shifter, and no animal products in the glue that holds everything together.
Luxury cars have become synonymous with leather, but for people who are compassionate about the treatment of animals, the idea of leather can be repulsive. It’s a growing community of folks but the world’s most prominent automakers have yet to conform to their wishes and build cars that are truly animal-free.
One writer spent at least four months trying to sort out which cars use animal products and which don’t. His results are surprising because so few vehicles are completely free of animal skins or byproducts.
How likely is that to change?
If you want to buy a new Audi, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Lincoln, Acura, or Volvo, you won’t be able to escape the presence of processed cowhide. Even automakers that offer synthetic leather seating still sell their cars with a genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel, which can’t be replaced with another material.
The only cars, aside from the Tesla, that offer completely animal-free cars are base models of certain lower-end Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Subaru, and Fiat vehicles. That means they’ll come with cloth seats, urethane steering wheels, and the smallest engines available. Driving enthusiasts need not apply.
The vast majority of car shoppers demand leather and expect it in higher-end cars, which is why the automakers have made the material so prolific. It’s impossible, quite literally, to buy a new mass-produced performance or luxury car that is made without animal products. Even ordering a custom one-off version is unlikely due to rigid manufacturing processes.
Leather isn’t a problem for most buyers, but for the growing segment of the population who call themselves vegan, car shopping can be an exercise in futility. It doesn’t seem like that’ll change anytime soon.
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I can see bumping into other people happening with that umbrella. Only room for one person on a bus stop bench. Who was there first?
Knocking old people down on the sidewalk as they run to catch their bus?
Both hands are free, to hold packages, books, purse, whatever. Then what happens when they have to take the jacket off? Place the bags and purse on the ground, make a mess, especially if in a hurry.
Taking it off, putting it on every time they enter or leave the car or bus or building, makes it look like hands-free isn’t freedom at all.
Oh, so keep it on inside buildings. In elevators too? Offices? Waiting rooms. I can see where that’s going. Walking down hallways? Everybody veers to clear the way for you? They won’t do that for long.
I guess the only positive feature is it will give you back your space.
Didn’t they think of all this?
She poked me in the eye with it. It’s a contraption. Define: a machine or device that appears strange or unnecessarily complicated, and often badly made or unsafe.
What about all the obese people in the world? Does Blue Crate make umbrella jackets for them too?
Why not forget the hoop? What are they trying to do, catch the rain? It’s a half a rain coat, that definitely shouldn’t make it to the mass production line, but looks like it already did.
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I purchased this on amazon.com for the kitchen to help with back pain while standing for long periods of time preparing foods. It cushions your feet absorbing the tension from the weight of your body as you stand still or move.
It was a little much for a kitchen that small, so I moved it out to the foyer carpet. Now that it’s on carpet it’s adds even more cushion, so I decided to use it for an exercise mat when I do squats or marching or running in place. It’s noticeably effective with the running.
Since I have such a messed up spine with vertebrae practically resting on top of each other, running even with legs raised fairly low was impossible due to the jolts to the vertebrae and spine. This works and I’m enjoying that small new freedom.
I’ve had it over a year and it’s still in perfect condition.
No more fake pockets on anything I wear. Fake pockets are not a positive fashion statement for the industry or those donning them. It spells cheap. Trying to trick somebody into thinking they have more pockets than they do? What’s the point here, except to delude the buyer into thinking they have something they don’t? How much more could it cost?
No more fake pockets. Women need more real pockets, so they don’t have to take purses everywhere they go. Too many people picking pockets? Is that why the industry does it? Purse snatching too. I’m not on vacation here. I don’t need cargo pants every time I go out. Just put real pockets where the fake ones reside and I’ll be happy. Deep too. Why only real pockets in the back? Easier to pick those pockets. Button them down. Everybody wants side pockets. Deep there too. Why apply a pocket only to lose what gets jostled as you walk? They’re as useless as the fake pocket. Okay I’m not talking down to my knees. You know how to do it. So do it. And don’t double the cost of the pants.
It’s not that I oppose fake. Fake on moral grounds I applaud. Fake fur yes. It’s a major step in the only moral and sane direction. People I see all over the internet flaunting their barbarism – men, women – who scream about their owns rights, wanting the world to feel their pain, don’t give a hoot about the rights of any other animal.
Utility plus fashion is what I want. No one wears a fur coat to stay warm. Why do you want some other animal’s hair on your body? Grow your own hair. It’s not sexy, it’s perverse. Mexican snake and lizard boots? Why? Because you can? You can trample on every other animal’s rights, but who screams loudest when you feel slighted? YOU DO. How many snakes, how many minks, rabbits, foxes? Moccasins? Why today? Why now? Find a better way. More sane, less barbaric. Why inflict suffering and pain? Skinned alive they were – those animals you wear as status symbols of your wealth and ignorance. People in HUD buildings wearing fur coats. One must wonder about that.
There is a law against skinning anybody for any reason. You know that law. I know you do.
If humans had thicker skin, that would be on the fashion runways too. Maybe it already is, as an ingredient in an otherwise human (not man) made fabric. Yeah. To Winter People: Throw those stupid blood coats and blood hats away. You look like idiots trying to be another animal. Who are you kidding? Find a better way. What century did you get stuck in? To The World I Say: Unstick yourself before you become the prey.
Predators. You’re all predators. No animal coat, no animal hat, but a chicken, lamb, pig, goat, buffalo, deer, bird, dog, cat, cow, snake in your belly? I’m not a hide to protect your hands and feet either. Find a better way. What? God made a cow for every person in the world to raise, kill and skin for foot protection?
You can go ahead and argue all you want. It’s not up to God, it’s up to those you skin. They all said NO.
You would too.
The skin trade is a huge industry built around the worst torture imaginable. There is no upside, no compassionate way. It’s all bad. If you buy, then you are guilty of crimes against other species. You are guilty of slavery, torture and slaughter. No God is going to come to your defense, so stop praying.
Eleven Days After The Fall – when Big Foot (the scale) tripped me in the bathroom in the middle of the night and the bathtub sucker-punched me.
This is the first day I went out absent the face make-up. You know that “It” make-up for people with blemishes or rosebuds or scars or uneven coloring on their faces? It really does do a good job covering up stuff. I could do an Advertisement for this product, made by It Cosmetics, but I don’t have any before pictures of how the make-up actually did cover up the bruises. It didn’t cover them totally, and I did look a little like an American Geisha Girl in the face part, but it covered enough so I was comfortable – and that’s what mattered to me.
It doesn’t cover up swelling though and that was a big part for the first three days. The ‘day after’ pictures, even I couldn’t bear to look at, so I deleted them and went with ‘on the third day’ after the fall, this is what I looked like.
I keep thinking there’s going to be some benefit to me – that the knockout punch corrected something that needed to be corrected in my brain, in my neck. Okay, so I didn’t ‘come to’ speaking a foreign language. But come on…something, anything good, some benefit.
Maybe something was out-of-place from a long ago injury (pick an injury any injury) or a long ago surgery (pick a surgery any surgery) that needed to be put back the way it was originally.
If I needed down time I didn’t take it.
Even when I don’t type because of the high intensity pain, I still cook and write by hand and work around the house and do my physical and mental work-outs and walk wherever I need to shop or visit. I’m tougher than I look and act. I wonder why that is? It must have a survival advantage for me. And for those around me lol.
Maybe my brain and neck wouldn’t have been looked at via a CAT scan – and it needed to be looked at – unless there was a visible reason, instead of me just saying there’s something wrong with my neck and/or brain that needs fixing. State of the Art fixing. Not dinosaur treatment methods reserved for women of all ages and old folks. I’m due for the best there is in medical technologies and treatment options no matter what I have.
I did notice one thing. My left hip pain and left sciatica is gone. That might be temporary. It has never been GONE before. It’s lesser or greater. Never at zero. That hip injury was from the Trayvon Martin – George Zimmerman verdict. Payback for me not supporting Trayvon Martin’s right to try to kill George Zimmerman. Trayvon Martin was waiting for a drug hook-up and George Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol.
We’ll see how it all shakes out.
All I know for sure is I’m on the mend for some injuries, others have yet to be addressed, and All my troops are home – circling the greater Cleveland, Ohio area.
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My Comment: However, that being said, I still can’t determine if the two products I used contain animal products. (CC+ Color Correcting Coverage Cream and BYE BYE UNDEREYE). I’ve read about the snail slime and frankly am not bothered by it as long as the snails aren’t. In the past I read that It Cosmetics assured that they weren’t harmed. I wish somebody would find some use for geese poop in Cleveland. The geese would probably like that as well. They poop everywhere. Of course poop can contain animal products if the animal excreting the poop ate another animal, insects, worms, fish etc. It’s getting a little tricky here.
Glycerin can be either plant or animal. And the other ingredients are too numerous with chemical names, so I’m going to reach out and wait for a response. Will get back to this later.
In the meanwhile, I applied make-up to the injured side of my face, even though most of the bruising is gone. I’m not too good at it, since I don’t usually wear face make-up. Plus I can’t see that well up close. In addition, my iphone enlarges every pore, even without high definition. For their next phone they need to correct that.
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I don’t get this. A chew toy that is not for consumption. If your dog is chewing it, chances are they are going to be consuming at least bits of it. The company puts a disclaimer on the package saying to discard the chew toy when pieces are bitten off, which means immediately after the dog begins to chew it. That makes no sense. Label it right. Either it’s good for your dog if consumed or it isn’t. If it isn’t, then don’t sell a chew toy that breaks off when chewed.
Lilly made bark dust out of this chew toy in a matter of minutes. So I threw the thing away. Money down the drain.
It says it contains real wood, then it says it contains the smell of wood. Which is it? Both? What kind of wood? Treated wood? Wood board with formaldehyde in it? Is there poison in the wood? What does this company consider toxic?
I want to know the ingredients in this toy. We all have a right to know contents of the products that our family members are chewing or swallowing. Get with the program. How dare you not list the ingredients.
No more chew toys. Buy a white cotton sock and tie it into a ball and give your dog that. Make your own. Refuse to buy a toy that isn’t properly labeled. I don’t care what is required by law. Refuse to do it.