There has been an increase in shoppers looking for leather-free handbags as the number of vegans continues to rise.

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Le Suri, is a new Dublin-based creator of clutch bags, totes, satchels and more made from eco-friendly cork and organically grown cotton.

Since the company has chosen to use exclusively animal free material- PETA has proudly awarded the brand the PETA Approved Vegan logo.

"Le Suri's cork handbags aim to break the rules of the traditional leather handbag industry and re(de)fine the face of sustainable fashion", says Le Suri Founder Paab Pruchniewski. "Our luxury vegan handbags prove that contemporary chic and classical elegance can go hand-in-hand with eco- and animal-friendliness."

"The future of fashion lies in sustainable vegan designs like Le Suri's", says PETA's Yvonne Taylor. "PETA celebrates designers that embrace cruelty-free, innovative materials that save animals and the planet, one chic bag, belt, or shoe at a time."

PETA reminds us that many animals who are killed for leather suffer castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning without painkillers. All this before they are skinned and dismembered alive.

The leather industry has a reputation for harming the environment, from the carbon emissions produced by cattle to the toxic tannery chemicals that pollute nearby water supplies.

The PETA-Approved Vegan logo gives designers and retailers the opportunity to highlight their cruelty-free items and increase knowledge around sustainable and ethical fashion.

Other brands that sport the logo include Ananas Anam, the company behind Piñatex, a new innovative vegan leather made from pineapple leaves.

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