Our Features

Welcome to our features section – you’ll find longer general interest reads about leather together with links to scientific articles such as the FILK study on leather versus next-gen materials and our white paper on why leather is considered a sustainable material. Enjoy! And please do contact us if there is information you need but cannot find.

June 15, 2023

“Get the Facts”-Icon

Brands, retailers, makers need easy to understand information about leather for their audience or customers. Therefore Leather Naturally has developed a “Get the Facts” icon.

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June 12, 2023

Handbook of Leather Design for Sustainable Development

The Handbook of Leather Design for Sustainable Development is written for anyone working in the design and development process of leather products.

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May 15, 2023

Leather Care Tips

Proper care and maintenance will enhance the beauty and extend the life of any products made from leather.

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May 9, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions About Leather

Leather Naturally is giving the answers to the questions that are most asked by users.

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April 24, 2023

Fiction Versus Fact Checked

Check the facts versus the fiction of the myths around the leather industry.

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December 14, 2022

WWF – The Role Leather Has to Play against Deforestation.

How leather can contribute in deforestation

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September 13, 2022

Reducing Water Use in Tanneries

Nothing to Hide looks at the falling use of water in tanneries.

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August 3, 2022

The Older, the Better: Why Leather Deserves Slow Fashion Status

By Stephen Sothmann, Real Leather. Stay Different. – a campaign to highlight the benefits of sustainably sourced and produced leather.

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May 23, 2022

Why are Alternative Bio Materials Targeting Genuine Leather?

Tom Hogarth, Deputy Editor of International Leather Maker asks why new materials don’t champion their credentials over plastic.

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April 28, 2022

How to Achieve the Perfect Tan

Steve Sothmann of Real Leather. Stay Different sets out a guide to the different ways that leather Is made in clear, easy to understand terms.

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February 7, 2022

Leather & The Consumer

New research uncovers the consumer understanding of leather and its place in a society committed to making better choices for the environment.

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October 19, 2021

Our Goal Is Always to Not Waste Hide

Real Leather. Stay Different interviews Jay Jensen, boss of the Southwest Hide Co.

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October 19, 2021

LHCA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with WWF

The Leather & Hide Council of America has joined forces to collaborate with the World Widllife Fund on a series of initiatives.

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June 1, 2021

Research Finds Using Leather Does Not Mean More Cattle

Research commissioned by the US leather industry used 25 years of government data to reach its findings.

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April 22, 2021

LHCA Earth Day Pledge

The Leather & Hide Council of America targets zero waste and transparent supply chain as it fights fast fashion and champions slow style

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April 12, 2021

Benchmark Study on Leather Alternatives Published

The Research Institute for Leather and Synthetic Materials (FILK) in Freiberg has studied and tested a number of alternative materials against leather.

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March 22, 2021

White Paper Explores Sustainability of Leather

Originally published in 2018 and updated in 2021, an in-depth look at the sustainability of responsibly made leather.

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November 30, 2020

Q&A Understanding Leather

MPA published an Q&A about the mission of Leather Naturally. Read the interview with Debbie Burton - Head Communications of Leather Naturally

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November 19, 2020

The Origins of Leather Explained

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

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November 3, 2020

Reptile Leather, Facts & Myths

Reptile leather is a tiny proportion of leather made globally but transparency is equally important

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October 10, 2020

Leather Industry Calls for Higg Index Review

Leather Naturally is one of the co-signatories requesting that the Higg index MSI score for leather be suspended pending review of the underlying methodologies and…

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March 23, 2020

How the Leather for a Car Interior Is Made

Study the infographic by clicking on the link.

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March 16, 2020

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.

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March 12, 2020

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…

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February 18, 2020

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…

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November 16, 2019

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.

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September 12, 2019

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.

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September 12, 2019

Don’t Fabricate and Attack on Leather

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

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July 23, 2019

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…

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June 19, 2019

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…

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August 18, 2017

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…

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