vegan actor Sam Corlett, who plays Thor in Vikings: Valhalla, has stated that his character's clothing is now made of vegan leather manufactured from cactus plants.
Corlett plays the famed explorer Leif Erikson in the new Netflix drama, who is regarded to be one of the first Europeans to set foot on the coasts of North America.
Because the drama takes place between 1002 and 1066, during the latter years of the Viking era, the characters wear leather, fur, and wool clothes.
Corlett recently said in an interview that he found it difficult to wear his leather suit at the start of the season.
“I hadn't worn leather in ages.” “At first, the outfit was all leather, which was rather overpowering,” Corlett explained.
Susan O'Conner Cave, the show's head of costume, was fast to construct vegan-friendly armor made of cactus leather for the vegan star.
“It's a strange combination because you want to be as real as possible, which makes sense, but then, you know, morals come into play occasionally.”
Every year, 1 billion animals are being slaughtered for their leather.
Leather is primarily created from cow and calf skins, which is the furthest from sustainable or ethical. Every year, the worldwide leather business kills more than a billion animals, according to PETA.
Vegan leather, manufactured from materials such as cactus leather, cork, and recycled rubber, provides environmentally-friendly alternatives to extremely immoral and outmoded animal leather.
As vegan leather grows more popular, new varieties of vegan leather are being released by manufacturers all over the world. In fact, by 2025, the vegan leather business is expected to be worth about $90 billion.