March 01, 2021
Do you know the amount of water to make a leather suit? Even though there is more and more innovation in the motorcycle clothing industry, it is a sector that is still quite traditional in certain products. Like in fashion, leather is still very present despite the sacrifice of animals and the environmental impact. The most outstanding case is undoubtedly the one of the motorcycle suits.
In the following lines we will compare the water used in the manufacture of a leather suit versus a quality polyethylene one. You will be surprised.
According to data provided by Fluence, 1,890,000 liters of water are needed to raise one cow, from which 103,950 liters (5.5%) are attributed to leather. According to their estimations, about 6kg of leather are produced per animal, i.e. each kilogram of leather requires approximately 17,000 liters of water. This figure is also confirmed by Water Footprint Network.
Therefore, if we take into account that each suit requires about 3kg of leather, we can state that in the manufacture of a leather motorcycle suit about 51,000 liters of water are used. While the NearX suit, made of high-strength polyethylene, requires only 90 liters. This means that it is 566 times more sustainable.
Many people are unaware that chemicals such as chromium are used in leather tanning. If it is done in non-standardized factories, chemicals can leak into water wells. But chromium can also cause allergies when it comes into contact with the skin of those who are more sensitive.
For this reason, some customers have ordered the NearX suit.
In addition to reducing environmental impact and not causing animal sacrifice, wearing a quality polyethylene motorcycle suit has several advantages:
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