Leather Production Misconceptions, Traceability and Alternatives

Kerry Senior Monday, 1 March 2021

Busting popular myths about the environmental and ethical issues surrounding leather, Kerry Senior, Director of Leather UK, the trade association for the UK’s leather industry, presents some surprising facts behind this much-misunderstood material.

This Lesson covers leather’s origins as a byproduct, its inherent connection to the agricultural sector, methane emissions and how leather stacks up against synthetic alternatives – everything a designer or business needs to know to make informed choices about their materials.

Head to part two of this conversation where we dive deeper into the topic and learn about chrome-tanning and exotic leathers.

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In this video you'll learn:

  • About Leather UK, their role within the UK leather industry, and their work in supporting leather supply chains
  • Where good quality leather comes from, the facts behind common misconceptions of leather’s byproduct status, and the extent to which agriculture is tied to the leather industry
  • Why leather alternatives are not as eco-friendly as they might first appear
  • About leather supply chains in the UK and how to navigate traceability, life cycle analysis and labelling

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