A #Leather Truthfully website has been launched on Monday 6 June. Leather Truthfully was inspired by an evident lack of global awareness about how leather is made and its role in a sustainable future.
#Leather Truthfully has attracted global support from respected leather designers and leaders in sustainability including Anya Hindmarch and Bill Amberg who are excited to support the initiative. Learn more about this new resource and visit www.leathertruthfully.com and don’t hesitate to share it with your friends and business partners.
MEET THE MAKER – FFLUR OWEN
“My haptic sculptures represent many things to different eyes. I wish my pieces to be an indulgence for the senses and re-create the feeling of discovering a new object or texture, taking the viewer back to a memory, time or place.” Flur Owen states. By fusing the flexibility of leather with hand-contoured clay or carved felled wood, she created specimens that evoke her own memories. In the absence of any template, the ideas of Flur Owen take shape in the coordinated activities of eyes, ears, hands, and tools.
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ARE ANIMALS KILLED FOR LEATHER?
We frequently get the question: Are animals killed for leather? The answer is NO. The hides come from animals raised for food. This counts for 99% of the world’s leather. Their skins are a valuable global resource (even though the hides and skins that are used to make leather represent on average, less than 1-2% of the overall value of the animal) and, thanks to tanners’ and manufacturers’ skills and knowledge, they ensure this versatile material does not end up in landfill. Current estimates put this at a saving of 7.3 million tons for cattle hides alone and around 10 million tons in total per year. That is a lot of potential waste being transformed into a versatile, usable material. Learn more about the background of leather:
LEATHER AS CIRCULAR PRODUCT
The hides from meat supplier Seven Hills used to go to landfill, but now they go to Hermann Oak Leather tannery where they transform the hides into beautiful leather. Then Moore & Giles convert the leather into a great finished product.? A fantastic example where the leather industry demonstrates how it contributes to a circular society, where nothing is wasted, everything can be re-used and ultimately can be recycled.? Read more about this interesting concept: