After being asked by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Lakm Fashion Week, 32 Indian fashion designers have made a leather-free pledge. Designers that wont be using animal leather in their products include leading names like Gaurav Gupta, House of Masaba by Masaba Gupta, JADE by Monica Karishma, pero by Aneeth Arora, Ranna Gill, Shyamal Bhumika, Sonaakshi Raaj, Siddartha Tytler, Rina Dhaka, Vikram Phadnis, Rocky Star, Atsu Sekhose, Dev R Nil, Bloni by Akshat Bansal and many more.Head of sustainability for Lakm Fashion Week/RISE Worldwide, Darshana Gajare, said in a statement, Sustainability in fashion is multifold; animal cruelty and the toxic effluents from tanneries are key issues that need to be addressed alongside others. Its promising to see the responses from Indian fashion designers, its a crucial step in the right direction.While these 32 designers have made a collective statement against animal cruelty in the country, designers like Anita Dongre and Purvi Doshi have been leather-free for a while, supporting the movement against animal cruelty.The shift from animal to vegan leather, however, is not just a national phenomenon but also a global one. Plant-based leather has been slowly catching on and is being preferred by many designers across the globe. In India, we see homegrown brands like Studio Beej, A Big Indian Story use materials like pineapple leather, cactus leather, cork as well as upcycled leather for leather accessories.Want to find out more about cruelty-free leather? Here is all you need to know.Image used for representational purposes only.