My husband is a vegetarian, but I’m not quite there yet. I’m on my way though, as I don’t eat any red meat or pork — just poultry and seafood. But I love the look of quality leather furniture. I’ve never been a huge fan of leather clothing, but on a club chair? I can’t help but appreciate the luxurious look and feel of tightly upholstered leather. And the dream home office I have conjured in my head includes two beautiful white leather Barcelona chairs.
I can’t, however, shake the notion that no cow should have to die to upholster a chair. After all, if I won’t eat beef, why should I decorate my home with its skin? This, of course, comes from the logical side of my brain. The creative, design geek side just wants a beautiful leather chair. The Bennett Lounge Chairs, shown above in black (though it looks brown in the photo) and white, are clean, simple and pretty affordable at just $159.99 apiece. They also find a bit of a middle ground between my two warring opinions: They are upholstered in recycled leather.
Therein lies the dilemma. Is recycled letter better than virgin leather, or is it just as bad? Does the fact that the leather is in it’s second life make it more green? Personally, I’m on the fence about this one. Recycled leather is, by definition, greener than virgin leather. But is leather, in an of itself, anti-green? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!
Price: $159.99 (aff)