You find various information on the sustainability of leather. Our leather is sourced to the highest standards in regards to:
Also you can find more information about our quality mark REALGRADE LEATHER:
Where does leather come from?
Watch the 1-minute movie courtesy of the UK Leather Association
Leather Naturally initiative
Leather Naturally promotes the use of globally-manufactured sustainable leather and seeks to inspire and inform designers, creators and consumers about its beauty, quality and versatility.
Leather is facing intense competition from synthetic materials manufactured from non-biodegradable petrochemical derivatives which are designed to imitate it.
The initiative is aimed to educate the buying public, designers and youth about leather.
Sustainability of leather compared to other products
To act and live ethically correct is not that simple. Poet and writer Melissa Kwasny studies all aspects of this in her book “Putting on the dog: The Animal Origins Of What We Wear”:
”Vegan shoes made out of plastics that seem like leather are fantastic in theory, but in practice, they have adverse effects on the planet at every step in their manufacture, sale, use, disposal, and slow decay - problems that a pair of leather shoes dont have.”
”To believe that we do not harm by abstaining from animal products is to tell ourselves a lie”.
“It is impossible to be ethically pure”
Some facts from the book:
90% of textiles produced worldwide are not from creatures but from cotton and polyesters. Both are responsible for widespread pollution of waterways, soils and air and consume enormous amounts of water.
11% of pesticides worldwide are sprayed on these plants
It takes 5’300 gallons (20’000 litres) of water to make a cotton t-shirt and a pair of jeans
NATURAL POLYMERS (such as Viscose and Lyocell)
The processes involved in making these rely on acids and sulfates that release carbon emissions
SYNTHETICS (such as polyesters and nylons)
Synthetics make up 60% of the textile production worldwide
The production relies on harmful petrochemicals which rely on fossil fuels
Synthetic clothings requires more washing and are less durable resulting in more water waste and increased disposal of clothing
Every wash of a polyester item releases plastic into the waterways (microfiber pollution)
Synthetics are not biodegradable, piling up in landfils and leaching chemicals into soil and water