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By Stephen Sothmann, Real Leather. Stay Different. - a campaign to promote the sustainable qualities of leather and champion slow style over fast fashion.
The BBC addressed the environmental impact of fashion in a recent article. When we look at our global emissions, fashion accounts for 10% of the global carbon emissions and 20% of wastewater, which is a significant impact. Yet, the problem is more complex than just looking for more sustainable materials or greenwash the impact of the industry with ‘vegan’-labeled plastic. The problem lies at the very heart of how the industry works. Report by One 4 Leather.
We are at the point that we use more from nature than our planet can renew in an entire year. We need to redesign our materials, processes and products.
Francis Tsang from the ChronFree Leather Alliance (CFLA) writes that introducing transparent labelling may help Chinese consumers make sustainable buying decisions, the Leather Naturally guide to leather and leather labelling explains what to look for if we want to make sure we are getting a natural, not plastic-based product.
The latest episode of the ILM “View from the top” podcast series covers the leather industry’s relationship with the media and perspectives on sustainability. It is now available free-to-download and listen to here, as well as via Apple Podcast, Spotify and Deezer.
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