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Traceability to support “conscious spending”

The 3rd World Leather Congress (WLC) that took place in Shanghai on August 29 seems a long way off now. During that warm, late summer day, a record 600+ people from the global leather industry gathered to listen to some very interesting (and some less interesting) presentations about the current and future directions in which the industry is headed. One key theme was mentioned again and again throughout the day; the need for greater levels of transparency and traceability in the leather supply chain. This subject has now moved towards the top of the industry’s agenda alongside environmental sustainability.

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What skins should we tan?

All tanners have a little collection of interesting leather samples. Often, we use these to illustrate talks about leather to external bodies like schools and fashion and design students. It has always been interesting to note the excitement of everyone at handling leather made out of camel, horse, yak and the like. 

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Leather is the best material for Kering and others to use

Sometimes to get matters into proper perspective you have to look at them from the other way round. Last week was typical. If I have understood all the messages flying around the press and Internet Kering produced quite an interesting report called the Kering Environmental Profit & Loss (E P&L). 

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A tanners complaint

This is an opinion about the present situation facing the leather industry as explained to me by a European tanner with many decades of experience. Although he presented it as his personal opinion he is convinced it concerns many of his peers as well. It is therefore interesting for all of us to read and take notice:

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Now plants want in on the act

We had a house in Plymouth Mass fifteen years ago when an eatery opened called Roadkill Cafe. It caused some amusement but soon closed. Now in the same U.S state under the name "petite mort" a young artisan is making exclusive fur articles from roadkill. An interesting discussion on the subject has been opened up in the Leather Naturally! LinkedIn pages. Most of the comments are favourable - it would be unethical to waste them - although there is clearly some doubt here and there. 

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