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09 July 2020

Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer who is one of the leading experts on leather manufacturing and sustainability in the global leather sector, wrote the following on LinkedIn regarding the following article that is replete with misinformation and untruths:

Creating Leather From Cactus to Save Animals and the Environment


Dr Dietrich Tegtmeye


Here are Dr Tegtmeyer’s comments_

Nobody from the leather industry should have a problem with such a new material. Where we do have a problem with, is:

1. It is called "leather" and it isn't leather

2. They still claim that toxic "chemicals such as arsenic, cyanid ... " are widely used in the leather manufacturing process. This is not true and a lie !!!

3. They still claim that animals have to suffer for leather. This is not true as well. If the leather production would be Zero tomorrow - no hide gets converted into leather - the same amount of animals will get raised and processed like today, and the meat industry would face a huge waste problem.

Please stop these unfair and false accusations.

Just promote your nice new material as another natural choice to minimize the use of plastic, and do not call it leather.

Thanks to Dr Tegtmeyer for putting the record straight!


In this episode, ILM Editor Isabella Griffiths talks with Nick Winters, Managing Director of French hide, leather and animal by-product specialist Nick Winters Group. He is Head of Hide Sales at Bigard Group, one of the largest meat processors in Europe and Vice President of the French Hides and Skins Association (SGCP).

A native New Zealander, Winters not only shares insights into his career, but also gives an overview of both the Nick Winters Group and the Bigard Group, which acquired the company last year, as well as details of Bigard Group’s recent takeover of Fiscuir & C.E.T. and the synergies this brings to the company. Furthermore, Nick Winters delves into his extensive experience as former President of the International Council of Hides, Skins and Leather Traders’ Association (ICHSLTA) and the French Le Syndicat General des Cuirs et Peaux to share his views on current trading conditions for the global raw materials and leather trade, his outlook on the sector’s recovery process post-Covid-19 and his thoughts on competition from non-leather materials. Finally he outlines his opinions on genuine leather’s future post pandemic.



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