Over the years, the fashion industry has been taking strides towards sustainability in an effort to reduce the industry's collective carbon footprint and avoid animal cruelty worldwide. One of the most popular sustainable trends that designers from Stella McCartney to newcomer Nanushka have been perpetuating in their collections is vegan leather, otherwise known as faux leather. Vegan leather is an alternative to genuine leather that uses synthetic plastics (polyurethane) or even some plant-based leathers made out of pineapple leaves (pinatex) to give off the illusion of "real leather." These designers have proven that sustainable fashion is not only ethical and necessary, but also super stylish. Related: This Brand Makes the Most Flattering Wrinkle-resistant Dresses As consumers, it's our duty to make conscious decisions on how we choose to reduce our own carbon footprints. So, how can travelers buy into this trend? Easy. Start with your travel bags. We've rounded up the best vegan leather backpacks, totes, cross-body bags, belt bags, and even a weekender duffel - there's a vegan leather travel bag for all of your jet-setting needs. The best part? They're just as luxe as the real thing.
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