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LEATHER IS A SUSTAINABLE MATERIAL
Properly made and sourced leather is a truly sustainable material. Hides and skins are mostly a by-product of the meat and dairy industry. The food industry produces far more hides than we (can) use for leather products. Transformation into leather is the best use for those hides and skins, which would otherwise be incinerated or dumped. The leather industry is creating a material that is both natural and long lasting.
ALMOST ANY SKIN CAN BE USED TO MAKE LEATHER Almost any skin can be used to make leather. To be named “leather” the skin must be essentially intact with its original fibrous structure. The hair or wool may, or may not, have been removed. Synthetic materials made to look like leather are sometimes incorrectly referred to as ‘synthetic leather’. This term can be legally challenged when used as a marketing argument and is clearly illegal in a number of countries.
PLASTICS ARE NOT SUSTAINABLE
Conversely, our continued use and dependence on plastics is not sustainable, plastics are made from oil and its supply is limited, moreover plastics typically take hundreds of years to decay and their decay can pollute the local environment. Even at this time we do not fully understand the full detrimental impact of having used plastics for essentially only around 50/60 years.
LEATHER IS UNIQUE IN ITS ABILITY TO COMBINE BEAUTY, COMFORT AND PRACTICALITY Hides can be manufactured to create a wide range of finishes and colours, and to achieve a beautiful balance between form and function. A leather product is durable and often becomes more beautiful and comfortable with age as it conforms to your own personal use, those with a natural finish can also help regulate temperature through breathability. Leather offers protection from wind and cold and can be made resistant to rain and snow.
LEATHER TANNING IS A MODERN, SAFE AND EFFECTIVE PROCESS Various tanning methods are used for turning a hide into leather; the most common and well-known are chrome and vegetable tanning. All methods have a comparable environmental impact and are environmentally safe when the industry’s best practices are followed.