Do you know how hard it is to avoid animal products while studying design? pretty bloody hard. Today we had a leather workshop, no alternative was sourced for me or my fellow veggie students.
I supplied some rubber and sourced the vegan fake leather used in shoes, unfortunately, it was too expensive for me to buy just for sample work. The company http://www.freerangers.co.uk/ were amazingly helpful, but at 32.50 for .5 of a metre I just couldnt justify it.