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Pecca more than doubles net profit for 2021

The Malaysian automotive leather seat manufacturer closed its 2021 financial year with a net profit of RM19.23 million (US$4.65 million), more than twice the result from the previous financial year.

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The written word

Although this article will appear only online I still find myself preferring to read from paper and writing with a traditional fountain pen. In fact, only three weeks ago I changed to a new type of notebook for my everyday note taking. My choice was largely made by its larger size, which while less convenient, I am hoping will get me back writing more legibly.

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ZDHC updates wastewater guidelines

The latest update to the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Leather Wastewater Guidelines Addendum has been made to improve the accuracy of testing and reduce the need for confirmation testing.

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Collaboration for new circular textile made from leather waste

Sustainable natural material company Spinnova and footwear brand Ecco’s key leather supplier, KT Trading, have established Respin, a new joint venture offering a natural leather fabric made from leather waste without harmful chemicals and which it claims can set new standards for the industry when pilot scale production starts at the end of 2021.

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Cotance issues open letter against Pinatex award nomination

Cotance has penned an open letter to the European Patent Office (EPO) in response to the inclusion of Piñatex, a material made from waste pineapple fibres, in a contest for the European Inventor Award organised by the EPO, where the Piñatex-patent is registered. Carmen Hijosa, founder of Piñatex, is a finalist and the public vote takes place June 17, 2021. The letter focuses on the sustainability of leather and refutes the promotion of Piñatex as a leather alternative.

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