Breaking Down A Tesla

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Part of a Tesla’s sleekness comes from its interior; like many high-end cars, Teslas are swathed in leather. This sleekness comes at a price. The Brazilian leather that Tesla used before its switch to vegan leather supported the deforestation of the Amazon, the displacement of Indigenous communities, and animal cruelty. However, the vegan leather Tesla’s using isn’t clean either. It’s made of plastic, fueling the fossil fuel industry. But at least the fossil fuel used to make said plastics isn’t as bad as deforestation’s contribution to greenhouse gases. Read full article here

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