22 October 2021

Leather Making - H&M Group to use only chemical-free tanned leather

Francis Tsang of the ChromeFree Leather Alliance writes that the journey of the Chinese leather value chain towards chrome-free is challenging. We are not finished yet, but we wanted to share some of our small wins with you.



Xuzhou Nanhai Leather is a local, wholly state-owned tanning company in China. We are a Tier 2 supplier of chrome-free Zeology tanned leather for ARKET, & Other Stories, and COS.


H&M Group has decided to use only chrome-free tanned leather originating from more sustainable sources by 2025.


Thank you for H&M Group and Nera Leather Tanning’s efforts and commitment to create a socially and environmentally sustainable leather value chain In China, for China, and the world. 

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We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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