Alien Moto reveals vegan motorcycle suit
Yes you did read the title correctly - a vegan motorcycle suit. Actually a whole range of motorcycle wear.
The website is pretty broken - as is the English - but from what I can gather the creator suffered a fair few injuries and asked himself the question "why do we still use leather in motorcycle protection gear?"
We assume that "because it's proven to be highly efficient" wasn't good enough. In fact we know it wasn't because we're directly told so.
"WRONG… It’s the best protection you can get to the least expense for the producers… Leather is the material from which the producers can make the most profit… and that’s the number 1 goal for ALL the big brands… The producers only choose leather because it´s VERY cheap for them to buy and offers a fair protection for the end costumer…, but it doesn’t offer the best protection… In other words…, they put profit before customer safety…"
Those are some strong - and possibly libellous - words.
It goes on to explain the advantages of using synthetics rather than leather such as being waterproof yet washable, comfortable and lightweight but strong - and obviously it also means no animal products.
But is that enough to call this a "vegan" suit rather than just a "synthetic" one? Well, no - but don't worry the preaching has only just begun.
It continues: "Breeding animals for their skin is not ethical and it´s also very bad for the environment…, both because of all chemicals used to prepare the leathers, but also the environmental impact of breeding animals for this purpose."
It also talks about water consumption of cows, food consumption of cows, pollution from transporting of heavier leather, chemicals used in leather production, and the good old ethics of it all.
"People always curse their leathers because of the ugly smell that motorcycle leather gets after being used for a while… HELLO…, you are wearing the skin of a dead animal, so what did you expect…"
A strange way of presenting oneselves but effective... I guess.