Leather waste is the leftover cuttings of leather materials that are a result of cutting the original desired shapes. They are also widely known as off cuts; this waste is often seen as being too small to use for something else or contains damages.
Leather products, that being genuine virgin leather or vegan leather alternatives, all have signignificant downsides when it comes to ethical and sustainable consumption.
leather has an incredibly high carbon footprint, while the livestock is being reared and, in the leather, making process. Vast amounts of methane are produced in this process, contributing to the climate crisis, and very harmful chemicals including cyanide and aldehydes can be used during the tanning process when vegetable tanning isn’t used. Vegan leather options are no more sustainable. Most accessible alternatives to genuine leather contain some form of substance or
chemical derived from crude oil; a finite resource that will run out. Alongside this, its production causes large amounts of carbon dioxide, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution that negatively impact our planet.
We recognise that the only option for material resource is one that reduces consumption of non-renewable resources, therefore neither virgin leather nor vegan leather are viable options.
Henceforth, we choose to source materials from leather waste.
Approximately 60% of a piece of leather can be wasted as offcuts due to damages or lack of care in the automotive, fashion and interior industries, and these offcuts are usually disposed of in landfill or burned, which directly links to air pollution and environmental damage.
We ensure that we promote waste management by diverting leather waste from other industries
into our zero-waste system. By doing this we directly preserve our environment, by preventing pollution due to material disposal and reducing the carbon footprint of the leather; using waste reduces the carbon footprint by extending the material lifecycle.