Are vegan alternatives to leather really sustainable?

United Kingdom
Published:  01 November, 2018
Peter Hughes

The term ‘vegan leather’ is increasingly being used to describe materials promoted as an alternative to leather, but there is a significant debate around the suitability of these materials. Are these materials really sustainable when compared with genuine leather? 

Peter Hughes, Sustainability Lead from Eurofins | BLC will outline the sustainability credentials relating to vegan alternatives to leather at the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018 taking place in central London on November 15.

The presentation will include an overview of components to ‘vegan leathers’, an outline of some of the challenges these materials face including labelling and a summary of what it means to be a ‘sustainable’ material.

The discussion will be aimed at those involved in material selection who want to understand the materials options available to them. The purpose will be to shed some light on some often-misunderstood arguments and target mis-information in the industry. There is evidence that consumers are increasingly asking about vegan alternatives to leather and it is important for those responsible for making material selections that they are clearly informed on the impacts of the material options available to them.

Delegates at the event will have the opportunity to join the conversation through a panel discussion where they can put their questions directly to the contributors to the event. Networking opportunities will mean that delegates can discuss emerging consumer trends with their peers to help inform their decision making.

Find out more about this topic and other keynote presentations from leading industry experts by attending the half-day (afternoon) conference on the November 15 in Central London: Click here to register online today

About Peter Hughes, Sustainability Lead at Eurofins | BLC

Peter Hughes leads the development of Eurofins | BLC Sustainability Services through expanding commercial opportunities, delivering specialist communication support to clients and implementing traceability systems for global supply chains. Peter is also involved with bespoke projects around circularity of leather and other materials, research into emerging material innovations for the sector and measuring the environmental impact of materials. Peter Hughes has over eleven years of experience working in the field of sustainable development with private, public and third sector clients.

He has previously worked in the food industry specialising in sustainability issues and supply chain mapping of the ‘food to go’ sector, concentrating on improving environmental and ethical performance. He has also recently been working with the public sector looking to utilise existing building stock to generate power and use energy more efficiently.

About the conference

Co-organised by ILM and Eurofins | BLC, the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018 is predicted to be a popular event with attendees from across the leather industry. A key theme of the conference will include ‘sustainable raw materials’, and the event will touch on topics such as; innovation around raw materials for leather. This year’s conference will be considering new materials coming to market and look at transparency and traceability of production within existing processes. Stahl are the lead sponsors of the conference and other confirmed speakers including Hotter, Stahl, ZDHC, Modern Meadow, theSauerReport and Marks and Spencer. The half-day event will take place at One Great George Street, Westminster, London and remaining delegate places are limited.

For further information about the conference and to register to attend please click here. Alternatively, contact info@leathersustainability.com or call +44 (0)1604 679 999 to book your delegate place.