WWF – The role leather has to play against deforestation.

How leather can contribute in deforestation

Reducing water use in tanneries

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

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.

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.

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.

Leather & the Consumer 2022

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

“Our goal is always to not waste hide”

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

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.

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.

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

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.

White Paper

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

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 

The Origins of Leather Explained

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

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 data. 

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.

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. 

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.


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


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