Leather and our modern society
Leather, due to its excellent abrasion resistance, found a use in various social professions. The thoughts and images of cowboys in the leather jackets finally gave way to men wearing leather jackets on motorcycles, to protect them from emissions and wind blowing and pilots wearing leather helmets. Some motorcycle riders also wear chaps or full leather pants to protect the lower body. So many sports today still use leather to help play the game or protect players (ie baseball, soccer, football, etc.). Due to the flexible nature of the leather, it can be shaped and bent, whatever the occasion. Since leather can also be used as a term for things made of it, the term leather is also used in the same sense as tanning in the term "physical punishment" (as a severe spanking) applied with a leather strap. Some rock groups (ie, Scorpions and Judas Priest) are known to wear leather clothing. In our world today, many cars and trucks have the opportunity to sit on leather. This ranges from cheap vinyl materials, to low cost vehicles, to luxury Napa leather, available in expensive cars.
Concern for animals and the option
Animal rights groups that PETA has issued fact sheets that require boycotting and encourage the use of alternative materials such as synthetic leather. Some animal rights activists have boycotted the use of all leather articles, and believe that they do not wear skins unnecessarily in today's society. Many pseudo-leather materials have been developed. This allows those who want leather-like clothing to do without actually wearing leather. Examples of these would be vinyl materials, pleather, Durabuck, NuSuede, Hydrolite and other options. Everyone who provides some features similar to leather.
Synthetic leather is usually made of oil, and the ethical view of using oil-based products seems to be most ignored, although it is well known that the ecological damage and business practices associated with the oil industry are questioned daily.
Leather is an inexpensive product that, when broken properly, will be long and has many uses. Society will eventually move away from synthetics (oil-based) when it becomes apparent that it is no longer a cheap and viable source.