The Bridge of Weir Leather Company, part of the Scottish Leather Group, has been selected to supply its award-winning low carbon product for the interior of the L405 Range Rover. Selected for its unique low carbon manufacturing process, and outstanding environmental record, the high performance EcoSoft semi aniline leather supplied for the all-new Range Rover is locally sourced and exceeds all technical criteria for such a cutting-edge vehicle.

Leather is one of the original recycled materials – for millennia it has been a by-product of farming, but its manufacture has been highly resource intensive. However, supplier Bridge of Weir has created one of the most sustainable manufacturing processes in the world. The factory has its own Thermal Energy Plant providing 70% of its needs, with a target of 100% by 2015. In addition, all waste products of the tanning process are recycled, with oils being converted into biodiesel and ash used to make house bricks. Even the offcuts are recycled into clothing accessories such as belts. The carbon footprint of leather in the all new Range Rover has been reduced by 46% per square metre.

Jamie Davidson, Bridge of Weir sales director, said, ‘We have worked very closely with the Land Rover design team over a number of years to achieve a product that is just right for this outstanding new vehicle. It is a soft and sumptuous luxury leather, but low carbon, very technically advanced with superior performance and durability attributes as well. It is our flagship leather product for the world’s most refined and capable SUV.’

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