PU Leather VS Genuine Leather
By Tehmina Mutahir
PU leather is not leather. The term PU leather is a synthetic material that looks like leather. The material has all the qualities of leather and even surpasses them in certain areas such as finish and weather resistance.
What is PU leather?
PU leather is a type of imitation leather made from polyurethane or plastic. During the manufacturing process, PU leather is created with the same grain as leather, but in a uniform pattern. PU leather is considered synthetic leather
If PU leather uses plasticizers in its processes, it probably won't peel. Is it toxic?
PU leather is made of natural plant chemicals. PU leather is not considered toxic leather like PVC (polyvinyl chloride) leather. PVC is made of chemicals and can be degassed.
These chemicals are considered toxic in large amounts.
PU Leather vs Imitation Leather
The PU leather sole is polyurethane while the faux leather sole is fabric. The faux leather fabric has a grainy leather texture.
Textured finishes are created using one or more methods, such as dyeing, waxing, PU coating, and even PVC coating. PU leather is often referred to as a type of imitation leather, but it is recognized in the handbag industry and is listed as PU leather instead of imitation leather.
PU Leather and Genuine Leather
Real leather will last longer than PU leather in terms of age. You will also find that over time real leather will develop a beautiful finish that is desired. If not stored carefully and without air, real leather is most easily damaged. PU leather also lasts longer if handled with care and stored at room temperature away from moisture. How to know if it is genuine leather or PU leather?