Man-made leather is a synthetic fabric or synthetic leather made from polyvinyl chloride or from polyurethane. This material is also referred to as faux leather or leatherette. It is chemically treated to resemble real leather.
Man-made leather is durable and cheaper. Real leather is made from animal hide, and hence the leather industry is perceived as being destructive to the environment. Man-made leather is considered environmentally friendly, as it does not harm the environment as the leather tanning industry does.
Man-made leather is also easy to work with and has a variety of uses. It is used to make footwear that resembles real leather footwear. It is used to make upholstery of vehicles. Man-made leather is also used to make items of personal use such as belts and wallets.