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As reported by Sadesa from World Leather, it seems the future looks like: using what we can grow and recover to make the products we use to live; keeping things for a long time; repairing them when we need to; passing them on for someone else to use when we no longer can or want to; and, eventually, taking the product back and recovering the materials it was made from and giving these a second, third, fourth, or even fiftieth life. Materials must go round in circles; as little as possible must go to waste.
Leather manufacturers and the makers of alternative materials must do their best to deliver their products as sustainably as possible and promote each one truthfully and accurately. This was the message that the secretary general of COTANCE, Gustavo González-Quijano, delivered at an online conference called the Safety Footwear Revolution Week at the end of November.
What is the value our work is generating for society? This is one of the questions the CSCB Sustainability Forum 2020 – Connecting brands and people – aims to answer. The event will be fully online, live, and for free in the mornings of December 9 and 10. Organization: Brazilian Leather, a project of the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) to promote national leather in the foreign market. Gold Sponsors: JBS Couros and Smit & Zoon. Silver Sponsors: Euro-America and Units Brasil. Register at https://cicb.org.br/forum2020
Farming has been blamed, incorrectly, for a large part of our global carbon footprint. Recent insights and data have shown us that the truth is quite different, and agriculture actually plays a vital part in regenerating the earth which we have exhausted. Various programs have already been successful, and shoe brand Timberland is now taking the leap by investing in ranches that are regenerative in nature. Ruminants play a vital part in that system, writes One 4 Leather.
Footwear brand Ugg, part of Deckers Brands, has unveiled new long-term social and environmental sustainability commitments with the launch of a new ‘Feel Good’ platform dedicated to people and the planet.