Yes! If sustainable means converting materials that would be otherwise thrown away to make the products we use to live, keeping things for a long time, repairing them when we need to, passing them on to someone else to use after us and, eventually, recycling the product as many times as possible… Leather is most certainly sustainable
Here’s how leather meets those criteria:
The leather industry is also an excellent example of the circular economy, as set out by the European Commission in December 2019, (read our White Paper) its sustainable consumption and production support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Leather’s durability, longevity and recyclability as a natural product are underpinned by regulations and quality standards in many countries to ensure that sustainability credentials are met and maintained throughout its production.
Responsible tanneries are very transparent about their compliance data and openly share the following areas of information with their customers.
There’s more detail of these processes and regulations in our fact sheets Everything you need to know about leather and The sustainability of leather.
If you want to make doubly certain that the leather you source forms part of the sustainable circular economy, there are a number of organisations around the world which audit and certify areas of leather production such as the processes, governance, social responsibility and environmental impact. Read our section, Certification to learn more.
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