Industry calls on COP26 to prioritise leather

Published:  28 October, 2021
Credit: Scottish Event Campus

The leather industry has released a manifesto calling for governments at the upcoming COP26 summit in Scotland to prioritise leather as a natural material as part of efforts to reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels.

At present, 34 leather organisations from around the globe have added their signatures to the manifesto, which you can see here.

The manifesto forms part of an effort by the International Council of Tanners, Leather and Hide Council of America and Leather Naturally to bring the international leather industry together through its many associations and organisations ahead of the climate change conference.

With natural materials, including leather, under attack from all sides, this manifesto aims to show the benefits of leather as a natural material, sustainable and circular, and as an important and superior alternative to fossil fuel-based materials.

If you’d like to get involved with the manifesto before COP26 begins on October 31, get in touch with LHCA President Steve Sothmann at and Kerry Senior, Director of Leather UK, at