12 April 2024

Properties of Leather - Why Leather is the Sustainable Choice e We Need to Talk About

Simon Neifer, Head of Sales at Application Leather, writes on LinkedIn that in a world increasingly concerned with sustainability, it’s essential to highlight materials that meet these values. Leather, often misunderstood, stands out as a remarkable example of sustainability, durability, and beauty. Here’s why choosing leather is a step towards a greener future:

By-Product Utilization:
Leather is primarily sourced from the meat industry, transforming what would otherwise be waste into valuable products. This process not only minimizes waste but also contributes to a more sustainable consumption cycle.

Longevity and Durability:
Unlike synthetic alternatives, high-quality leather products age gracefully, lasting for decades. This durability means less waste, fewer replacements, and a smaller environmental footprint.

At the end of its life, genuine leather biodegrades much faster than synthetic materials, which can take hundreds of years to break down, contributing to landfill mass and releasing microplastics into our ecosystems.

A Circular Economy Champion: The leather industry is innovating to make the most of by-products and offcuts, contributing to a circular economy where waste is minimized, and materials are reused and recycled.

While no material is without its environmental impact, leather’s unique properties and the industry’s commitment to improvement make it a choice worth considering for those who prioritize sustainability.

Let’s embrace materials that support a healthier planet.

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