How To Reduce Your Environmental Impact By Buying A Bonded Leather Couch

Posted on: 4 June 2015

Hunters and fishermen often brag that they use the whole animal when they come back from an expedition, which is an honorable goal. One way that you can accomplish this goal in your own home is by investing in a bonded leather couch, chair, or sectional. Bonded leather is often less expensive than genuine leather, but don't let the lack of the word "genuine" fool you, bonded leather products can be up to 100% leather if you buy right. 

What's the Difference?

The difference between bonded leather and genuine leather is that genuine leather products are made from full, continuous hides. What this means is that if you need to make a couch cushion from genuine leather, even the most skilled leather worker might get two cushions out of the hide of an entire animal, since the scraps are impossible to use on genuine leather products.

The technology behind bonded leather allows these scraps to be used in fabricating leather products, meaning that more of the animal is used and less, if any, leather gets wasted at the end of the process. However, some sneaky manufacturers use this process to incorporate cheap add-ins into the leather, so be sure to check the materials list before buying to ensure your product contains enough leather to be satisfactory to you. 

How Does it Reduce My Environmental Impact?

The environmental benefits of choosing bonded leather are twofold. First, fewer scraps of leather are deemed "unusable", so less product ends up in landfills or otherwise is wasted. Considering it can take leather up to 50 years to fully decompose in a landfill, the environmental impact of waste leather is significant. A second way in which bonded leather helps out the environment is by using more leather per animal, meaning fewer animals need to be raised in order to generate X amount of bonded leather as opposed to the same amount of genuine leather. Raising a calf costs around $360, and considering that most of that goes to feed and storage, the impact of raising each individual cow is very large. This means that getting the same amount of leather from fewer cows becomes more and more of a priority. 

While it may seem as though recycling and buying fuel-efficient cars are the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint, the truth is that putting your feet up on a new bonded leather couch might just be the easiest way of all to help your planet. 

For more information about leather furniture, contact XL Furniture Chaise Sofas or a similar company.