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Ever since debuting their first automobile in 2008, Tesla has become a leader in making eco-friendly cars. Now a household name, Tesla has sold upwards of 186,000 electric cars as of December 2016, and the figure keeps on growing as people are looking for ways to minimize their impact on the environment.

And now Tesla has once again proved they are leaders in the technology field by ditching leather seats in favor of 100 percent vegan leather seats, allowing for an even opportunity to minimize one’s carbon footprint when purchasing a car.

All mention of leather has been removed from Tesla’s website and all upgraded interiors are now referred to with Tesla’s “premium” designation, which is applied to the original rollout of vegan seats made of a new synthetic material. The alternative leather has seen overwhelmingly positive feedback from consumers!


People are increasingly becoming aware of the environmental issues associated with animal agriculture. This destructive industry currently occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources, uses the majority of our freshwater stores, and drives more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined. Plus, industrialized animal agriculture also causes rampant air and water pollution, land degradation, deforestation and is pushing countless species to the brink of extinction

But when it comes to the leather industry, the connection between its environmental impact usually isn’t made. The leather industry is also among the major causes of deforestation (as it is closely tied to the meat industry), water pollution, and other threats to the environment.

Once the hide or skin has been harvested from the slaughtered animal, there is a three-stage process it must undergo to become leather. The remaining flesh is scraped away and the hairs removed, after which the skin is treated (tanned) to ensure it doesn’t decompose. The skin is then thinned, re-tanned, lubricated, and, if required, dyed. This process uses several chemicals and toxins including ammonia; cyanide-based dyes, formaldehyde; and lead. Some of these products are carcinogenic, and all are environmental pollutants, which end up released into the air, ground, and water supply. These processes are especially polluting in countries where environmental regulations aren’t enforced.

As people learn the truth about the brutal and unsustainable leather industry, many companies are creating innovative alternatives to animal products. For instance, Green Banana Paper, a startup from Kosrae in Micronesia, created a cruelty-free leather made of banana fiber and another startup, Mycoworks, is making a leather from mushroomsPineapple is also getting in on the cruelty-free leather fun!

And now technology giant Tesla is paving the way for a more sustainable future. While buying a Telsa may not be within everyone’s budget, this move may inspire other manufacturers to switch to 100 percent vegan leather interiors. With a mission statement to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” Tesla’s move to vegan leather seats is a huge win for animals, as well as our planet.

Click here to visit Tesla’s website and learn more about their awesome vegan leather. As potentially the first automobile manufacturer to offer vegan interiors, please be sure to let Tesla know you fully support this innovative move away from animal products!

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12 comments on “Tesla is Ditching Leather in Their Cars – Here’s Why This is More Than Just a Win for Vegans”

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Simon Tildesley
26 Days ago

not all tannery\'s follow the same procedure. some companies that produce hides have a very robust environmental manufacturing process and do not pollute in the way mentioned in this article. I have been working with leather companies for many years and the leather is a natural bi-product of the beef industry. No animals are slaughtered just for the hides to produce consumer goods. Beef will always be around for food - so leather will always be a natural bi-product of this. Many tannery\'s are now looking into alternative ways of treating the hides by using non-chemical based treatments and by using any bi-products generated in the tanning process. This article has been weighted to make the whole industry in general look bad rather than a case by case understanding. Artificial leathers have made huge leaps in development - but even some of the the most expensive - dont look and feel like natural leather. Also, the artificial leathers also use many chemicals during the production which are not necessarily environmentally friendly. For example - Tesla\'s are produced using an artificial leather which contains nearly 40% crude oil!!! So perhaps the whole picture should be told before people jump onto this band wagon

Lois Ray McInnis
07 Aug 2017

The hide is not the point! The point is; did you ever see a cow cry??? Why should we love and rescue animals and then turn around and think it is ok to eat their dead corpse. When you kill an animal you have murdered it. It is then a dead corpse.

26 Days ago

FUCK off

26 Days ago

Why not some nice cloth seats, especially in colors other than black or greige?

25 Jul 2017

Agree , Great way to see Natural Eco fibers on this product. Plus great for a sunbelt location.

26 Days ago

idiots thinking electric cars are more environmentally friendly (they\'re not) are hilarious. The environment impact to manufacture an electric car is more impactful than the entire life span of 10 cars.

27 Days ago

Sorry to burst your bubble but vegan leather can be just as much a environment destroyer as the leather industry. There are sustainable leather suppliers and sustainable faux leather suppliers and leather suppliers who pollute and faux leather suppliers who pollute. See website for discussion on where "Vegan leather" comes from - http://eluxemagazine.com/magazine/what-the-heck-is-vegan-leather/

john pasqua
27 Days ago


Simon Tildesley
25 Jul 2017

how cruel when a bi-product of the beef industry anyway???

27 Days ago

Make public transportation the Earth-friendly choice. Fewer cars.

27 Days ago

Another great reason to get a Tesla!

Silver wing
24 Jul 2017


Simon Tildesley
25 Jul 2017

It would be a reason I wouldnt buy one.

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