This is from PeTA’s website:
“Read the label before you skip that cool-looking pair of boots—they might be vegan! Look for alternative, cruelty-free materials that imitate leather, including faux leather, pleather, synthetic leather, PU …”
This is from a different PeTA website:
“Obviously, on the “bad” list is anything labeled as leather, full-grain leather, genuine leather, fur, suede, or wool. But you also need to watch out for composition leather (made up of leather cast-offs mixed with other materials), aniline leather (soaked leather), and PU coated leather (unlike PU synthetic leather, this is real leather with a plastic coating).”
I tried looking up PU, but only came up with “bistack” leather, which is split leather (from an animal) backed with poly-urethane.
I think labeling is poor, and if you see PU on a product assume it is an animal product unless it’s clearly 100% synthetic. I have an ipad case that I bought before I was vegan. For the heck of it I checked the website and found it was made from “PU”. The company that makes it (Incase) sells other products labeled as vegan. My case was not, so I assume it’s made from animal PU.
A letter written to Ellen Degeneres about her leather footwear line by the Global Conservation Group recommends:
“Animal leather can easily be replaced by … pleather, synthetic leather, PU …”
They copied wording off the first PeTA quote above. But it’s not right, or at least unclear.
Confusing isn’t it.