Livestock is a major contributor to climate change through its use of land that could otherwise be forest, and the cows gas which releases the global warming gas methane. That being said, we believe that as long beef is being consumed, its hide should be used as well. For items like shoes, the vegan alternatives can be even more toxic for the environment, while the durability of quality, well cared for leather decreases its impact. Traditional vegetable tanning eliminates chrome and other toxic chemicals that are now commonly used in leather production. We stock leather sparingly, but when we do, it is from free range grass fed animals and/or vegetable tanned leathers, or leather scraps.