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Relentless evolution
The simplest way to describe the task set for LeatherNaturally! is to “defend and promote leather”. These are tasks that an industry should not outsource to an industry body of any sort, new or old, and say “job done".

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Pushing back
What does one do when “defending” leather. To have a  team available to challenge every negative comment made anywhere and everywhere about leather is more than our industry is capable of mustering...

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Observer article response
While it is admirable to hold strong views regarding the climate and the use of animals for meat and other things, to support these with a narrative built of inaccurate and incomplete data is an abuse of your columns.

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Tanners and world trade
The words leather and commodity need to be divorced forever. This is the basis upon which LeatherNaturally! has been established. Technolohical advancement and process innovation are vital.

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A future to get excited about
Let us start helping consumers to appreciate the experience of using leather products choosing the right words.

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Leather is a "rare thing to be treasured"
Craftsmanship and innovation are the weapons that our industry should use better to increase its competitiveness...

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This is the year to focus on the tannery and the product
Keeping lower grades away from commodity prices is vital for the prosperity of many tanneries and for the whole future of the leather industry...

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Sportswear - Adidas talks brand realignment at APLF 2015
Day two of APLF is about to wrap up and we just heard a talk from Mark Mangheli, senior director of materials sourcing, footwear, Adidas Group, about how the iconic brand is focusing more on lifestyle rather than performance products, and cementing itself as a 'fast fashion' brand...

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Smart peta blog response
The Smart Fortwo is a clever little car that has continued to be popular since the brand was bought by Mercedes in 1998...

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LeatherNaturally! – A call to action
LeatherNaturally! is a wonderful concept that aims to promote the beautiful material that is leather...

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Some things to learn from fast fashion
Clever and continuous innovation to use up all the grades effectively can have a much greater impact on profitability...

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Loving our product, but correctly
Telling the true story of leather and promoting it as a sustainable material - using sound scientific facts and not just greenwash blurb - needs to work alongside an industry that is willing to incorporate the best of modern manufacturing techniques...

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The Branding of Leather
Can you elaborate on the mandate that LeatherNaturally! (LN!) has set for itself? LN! is a project to maintain the image of leather as a good material for designers to use and consumers to buy in a wide variety of products...

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Brazil - JBS - deforestation success
JBS has made bigger inroads than any other food company over the past year in efforts to stop deforestation in its supply chain...

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Scottish Leather Group recognised for environmental good practice
At this week’s Energy Institute Awards, the Environmental Award went to Scottish Leather Group for its low carbon leather production...

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Loving our product, but correctly
Telling the true story of leather and promoting it as a sustainable material - using sound scientific facts and not just greenwash blurb - needs to work alongside an industry that is willing to incorporate the best of modern manufacturing techniques...

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What is sustainable leather?
We must be very careful to use the correct terminology in our fight to defend the tanning industry. Using words and concepts such as sustainability, heavy metals and toxicity in the wrong way can damage the sector. 

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Hot topic
The latest question from the Leather Naturally! LinkedIn forum concerns Modern Meadow's new innovation.

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Leather is a luxurious material
"Leather is not a novelty material. It is a luxurious material." The designer Bill Amberg was talking about the use of leather in interior design but his thoughts on materials are relevant in many areas these days: especially since raw material has become so expensive.

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Key Leather Industry Issues Discussed at “The Future of Leather” Round Table Held at APLF-MM&T 2014
APLF and Leather International organised a Round Table discussion titled “The Future of Leather” at APLF 2014. The initiative brought together industry experts from tanneries, suppliers and brands to brain storm on the current and future issues in the Leather Industry, and possible outcomes and solutions. This event was proudly sponsored by Lectra and supported by LeatherNaturally!.

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Interviews by Leather International at APLF 2014
Jon Clark
CEO of PrimeAsia Leather Corporation
Don Oshman
Founder and CEO of
www.Hidenet.com
Emmanuel Bontemps,
Strategic Accounts Manager Automative, Lectra
 

LeatherNaturally! to question so-called "facts"
LeatherNaturally! the industry wide promotional campaign announced at APLF that they were going to “go on the offensive” and challenge misinformation that is being promoted by some NGO’s and pressure groups.

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A fair to remember
The 30th anniversary Asia Pacific Leather Fair (APLF) conveyed comprehensive details of forthcoming seasonal colours, finishes and designs, while maintaining the character of the original event from over a quarter of a century ago; namely, the unique opportunity to meet and greet, in person, with potential customers, suppliers and industry experts.

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Industry speaks up, naturally
Leather's reputation is getting a much needed shot in the arm due largely to the ongoing information stream being made available to consumers and the industry alike by a small but well connected volunteer organization.

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LeatherNaturally! goes on the offensive
LeatherNaturally! the industry wide promotional campaign announced at the APLF this week that they were going to "go on the offensive" and challenge misinformation that is being promoted by some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO's) and pressure groups.

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LeatherNaturally! adoptará una política más ofensiva en su campaña de promoción

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What is a trade fair good for?
There's a need for LeatherNaturally! as the quick moving, flexible tool of the industry to respond promptly to false statements, to continue to build up the educational activity to keep designers and consumers in touch with the truth about the beauty and benefits of using leather.

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Leather has its uses
With geothermal and solar energy potential in the region Ethiopia could become a world leader in advanced leather manufacture.

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Natural History
As the Asia Pacific Leather Fair celebrates its 30th year, Michael Duck, director, examines the event's history as the exhibition looks set to welcome back guests to Hong Kong - a home to the leather industry and associated businesses.

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The Battle for Leather 2014
A crucial year has begun for the protection of leather. All the organizations in the sector must be ready to defend it from the attacks of our adversaries, above all plastic based materials and animals' rights organizations.

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The Role of Leather in a Fast Changing World
“Leather International” in partnership with the “APLF” & supported by “LeatherNaturally!” have staged two industry Webinars in the past two months to foster industry exchange on the topic of "The Role of Leather in a Fast Changing World".

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Seduced by the "luxury" of it all
Don't rest on our laurels. We do not accept that every hide from Brazil means the destruction of the Amazon, or that every cow producing methane is bad for the planet.

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The Thirst for Leather Knowledge
LeatherNaturally! has now started its value network and consumer education programme informed on the key areas and language by its initial and ongoing market research.  

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LeatherNaturally!...Next Steps
The next six months will be important for all supporters of LeatherNaturally! It is time to finalise decisions so we can move on from talking to action.  

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A Plane Seat
I like Virgin Atlantic. I fly with them when I can since the service in all classes is fresh, friendly and reliable. In both their Premium Economy and Upper Class the seats are leather.

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Leather - COTANCE Complains Against the Adoption
The representatives of the European Leather Industry meeting in Council in Rome regret the approval of the EU Regulation on Textile Names and Labelling of Textile products by the European Parliament last 15 May 2011.   

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Raw Materials Keep Flying High
They always said it was pigs that fly but over the summer it has been raw material prices. The big issue of small tanners and big customers has come up again and made the leather industry all over feel a bit like the old days of the garment industry.    

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Nine Things Tanners Need to do to Make Great Leather
Make it properly and don't cut corners with cheap chemicals and badly maintained machinery. Hides and skins may be renewable - up to a point - but they are a costly, valuable resource.    

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Why Puma is Wrong about Leather
Recently, in the Financial Times, an article related to the Rio+20 Summit quoted Puma as saying that it would like to stop using leather. Puma is not the first company to talk about discontinuing using leather as a result of its supposed poor carbon footprint.    

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Cows Offset their Carbon Emissions
Sir, Puma’s executive chairman, Jochen Zeitz, is someone the global leather industry admires but his recent comments in the FT on the brand’s use of the material require a response (“Puma on the prowl for leather substitute”, June 23).    

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Trade in Textiles Could Double by 2020
The international trade in textiles and apparel could double from US$510 billion in 2009 to US$1 trillion in 2020. This is according to the Indian consultancy Tecnopak that is forecasting sharp growth in the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China.    

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EU Commission Vice-President Offers Support to COTANCE
The intrnatioanl news site Leatherbiz reports that European leather industry leaders have told the European Commission that there is a need for better regulation of the use of the term leather and for better labeling of leather products.   

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Sustainability and Traceability Top Priority
According to Leatherbiz Brazilian packer and tanning group JBS has set up a new directorate to take specific responsibility for sustainability in its operations. It appointed an economist, Marcio Nappo, to head up the new division.   

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Managing "Brand Leather"
If you read the discussions group for LeatherNaturally! on LinkedIn you will be aware that the subject of environmental and sustainable leather production of leather in the developing world has been raised by Anthony Wright of Barrhead Kid in Scotland, and Ian Michel of Amandian Leather in Northampton.   

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It's All about the Customer
There was a time, not that long ago, when everything we bought was handmade by craftsmen. Each element in an article was adjusted to perfectly fit together and create an individual item designed for a purpose. Growth and urbanisation changed all that.

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