The Origins of Leather Explained

A cartoon for children that explains the origins of leather making. 

Leather is a Modern Material

Thanks to everyone that tuned into the webinar hosted by APLF, listed below are the sources referenced through the presentation.

How the leather for a car interior is made

Study the infographic by clicking on the link:

Leather is a by-product from the meat industry

Thanks to Diana Rodgers of Sustainabledish - Sacred Cow for the amazing infographic, which shows leather’s place as a by-product from the meat industry.

Real Leather is Greener than Imitations

Processing hides from livestock into leather is one of the oldest practiced forms of recycling. Hides are natural and inevitable by-products of meat and diary consumption.

Leather and the circular economy

Influential institutions such as the European Commission realise the way we make and use products is going to have to shift from a linear model to a circular one in order to meet targets for keeping global warming at a manageable level.

New video from Boxmark

Leather - a recycled product with ecological value. Boxmark has released a new video explaining the importance of leather as a recycled product.

Fighting lazy reporting

International Leather Maker writer Isabella Griffiths has published an article that calls out mainstream media for lazy fact checking and seeming to 'peddle a sensationalist anti-leather agenda with half-fictions, poorly cobbled together assumptions and claims without context or proper research.'

Leather UK rights the wrongs

Leather UK has responded to a report on the BBC wesbite from 10 September 2019, which made some inaccurate claims about leather and leather manufacturing.

Don't fabricate an attack on leather

The article published in the Guardian blaming leather for fuelling Amazon fires has attracted criticism for its inaccuracies.

Why Ban Leather?

The decision by Helsinki Fashion Week to ban leather makes no sense in terms of sustainability or environment. 

SHOULD You Live in a Vegan House?

The Financial Times piece, 'Could You Live in a Vegan House?' makes the important point that buying products to fit a vegan lifestlye requires careful thought, but becomes confused over the question of environmental issues.

What will the Tannery in 2030 be like?

International Leather Maker has published a personal view of Egbert Dikkers, Chair of Leather Naturally of what the leather supply chain could be like by 2030. 

Leather Naturally Demands Balance

Leather Naturally has responded to the One World article "De leerindustrie kijkt niet verder dan het slachthuis" (The leather industry does not look beyond the slaughterhouse) with a demand for a balanced and logical approach.

A 'Thunderous Footprint'? Leather Naturally Corrects Guardian Article

The Guardian newspaper recently published an article titled, The Eco Guide to Radical Materials in which it implies that leather has a 'thunderous footprint'. Leather Naturally responds.

The Economist Wrong to Use Negative Terms

New materials will continue to be needed alongside leather and the industry fully accepts that life will become more competitive.

'Vegan Leather' Deliberately Misleading

The recent article in the Huffpost on the 17th August entitled “Why Vegan Leather Is On The Rise” might be well intentioned but the inaccuracies within it highlight some extremely poor journalism, not least because the phrase 'vegan leather is a deliberately misleading term.

Car Buyers Need Choice But First - the Facts

Within the leather industry we believe strongly that well made leather is a material with major environmental benefits and which is perfectly compatible with modern thinking regarding responsible purchasing and consumption.

Global Design Competition

A Global Design Competition is running, organized between the Leather and Hide Council of America and the China Leather Industry Association.

Back to Basics

Back to Basics is published by World Leather to provide an insight into what it describes as a ‘complex and changing industry.’ Leather Naturally is pleased to be able to offer it as a download, in six languages.

A White Paper View of the Sustainability of Responsibly Made Leather

While it is quite easy to explain what is not sustainable, declaring something to be sustainable is difficult. There is no precise definition of the term sustainable that allows a simple statement of “yes” to the sustainability of a product.


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