There are a number of reasons why you should consider implementing custom imitation vegan faux leather patches and labels into your product range. Also known as Synthetic Leather, Artificial Leather, PU, PVC and Vegan Leather.
From animal welfare, environmental impacts, production costs and simply answering your customers needs to name but a few. In this article we aim to explore the possibilities and benefits of using imitation faux leather patches and labels in your product mix.
What Are Imitation Vegan Faux Leather Labels and Patches Made From?
As the name suggest, these are not made from real animal rawhides, instead our faux leather labels are made from a PVC base, and to get the leather look we treat with either a wax, dye or polyurethane, or a mixture of all three, to create the look and feel of real leather.
Environmental Issues Regarding Leather Patches and Labels
There is a big push currently to ‘Save The Planet’, and we think this is a great thing! However, with something so monumentally big, such as saving the planet, we need to make sure we have a good perspective on all arguments. Sure, our faux leather labels and patches are made from a plastic base, and plastic does not have a good reputation at the moment (nor will it ever) and rightfully so. But plastic can be divided into various categories. The worst offender being ‘single use plastic’. Items that fall under this banner include plastic milk bottles, soft drinks bottles, sweet wrappers, supermarket fresh produce which also uses non-recyclable plastics, ‘fresh’ meats and the list goes on! There is no end!
Our faux leather labels are definitely not single use plastic, and what’s more, they are made from recycled plastic and in turn they can be recycled again! If you are an environmentally focused brand, you can make sure to market this message to your audience, they will love the idea that everything can be recycled. Faux leather patches and labels will last a long time! So long that we have not had the chance to see, we are talking up to 500+ years! Will you still be in business then?
As far as the destruction to the planet from meats goes, cattle ranching is one of the most destructive industries, it is number 1, above fashion in 2nd. Enormous amounts of jungle and forest lands are cleared daily to make way for cattle feeding soy farms, on a scale that is unprecedented. Leather is a bi-product of meat, but demand for good quality leather is growing and as a result more high quality land will be lost forever.
As you would assume, faux leather labels cost considerably less to manufacture, the price of good quality leather is growing, this might be in part due to the fact that there is less demand for leather than say 50 years ago. As more and more leather producers leave the market, the demand gets grater, and this will naturally increase the wholesale price of leather, in return increasing the price of leather goods such as leather shoes, bags, belts, wallets as well as patches and labels of course.
At studio Dais, we say the ‘sweet spot’ with minimum order quantity is 1000 pieces. Depending on your size. Labels larger than 50mm at the widest point, 500 pieces is good, but with most labels we have, we calculated that to get the best return on investment, 1000 is the ideal quantity. Prices for 1000 will range from £190 to £250, depending on your size, die-cut shape and size of logo or text.
The possibilities are endless! Faux leather labels or patches will be ideal for any clothing or accessories such as bags, coats, shirts, hats, scarves, shorts and wallets. With them being waterproof there is also another advantage that they will not dry and crack like traditional leather patches and labels. Levi’s had this problem from the very first pair of jeans up until about 1971 when they ditched leather labels on the back to PU based labels.
Faux leather patches and labels might also be good for books, diaries and other such personalised items.
Are You Ready To Make The Switch?
As far as the pre production stages go, there is absolutely no difference in the steps you would take. The only difference is you would pass your designs onto a faux leather manufacturer (us), instead of a leather manufacturer. You would get the same result, but in a faux leather form.
We will help you no matter what stage you are at, and will be with you from start to finish.