Leather is made from the hide or skin of animals.
Almost all of the world’s leather is produced from hides that come from animals raised for meat. Leather has a number of unique qualities which are highly valued, such as strength, longevity, durability, water vapor permeability, abrasion resistance, and elasticity. It’s used for a broad range of applications.
Leather production has both environmental and animal welfare implications.
At the farm level, rearing livestock involves land use and potential land use change, as well as enteric methane emissions. It might also impact water, animal welfare, and the territories of Indigenous people. A series of chemical and mechanical processes are involved in the transformation of raw hide to finished leather, and these also come with environmental and social risks.
We’re tackling deforestation and improving animal welfare.
We’re supporting the fashion and textile industry in switching to preferred materials that have better environmental and social outcomes than their conventional alternatives. Our main focus for leather is addressing deforestation and animal welfare challenges at the farm levels of the bovine leather supply chain.
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Reward positive practices through our Leather Impact Accelerator
We’ve developed the Leather Impact Accelerator to support brands in addressing the sustainability challenges related to leather production throughout the entire supply chain, from farm to finished leather.