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We need to sort this out

If you watched APLF’s Digital Week, you will have realised that major organisations in the leather industry around the world have come to the conclusion that there are many good reasons to proclaim leather as an excellent material to play its role in a world facing the huge challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.

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Continuity, complexity or confusion ahead

It is a curious reality that during the pandemic three areas – community, government and science – have been shown to be vital. Yet, all three have spent some years under increasing pressure in political debates which have also been changing other 20th century assumptions. These include the continued growth of free market capitalism, globalisation, western democracy and even disruptive innovation. 

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Keeping up the pressure

It was great to see the global leather industry come together and show a united front on the call for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to retire its controversial Higg MSI, which scores leather highly unfavourably, particularly against fossil-fuel derived and synthetic materials.

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Spray finishing under ultra-low pressure

Turkish tannery machinery supplier Demaksan has launched a new ultra-low pressure (ULP) and high atomisation system, which is said to work very differently from other conventional spray finishing technologies and offers higher quality results as well as significant cost-savings.  

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Versace stops using kangaroo leather

The Italian fashion house is reported to having stopped using kangaroo leather in its collections as millions of animals died during the recent wild bushfires in Australia.

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Every worker is entitled to a safe workplace

If you have a moment you should check out https://oiraproject.eu/en/oira-tools and search for leather and tannery. OiRA stands for Online Interactive Risk Assessment and is a tool to guide the tanner through worker risks in the tannery. Luc Triangle, the head of the IndustriALL trade union organisation that partnered with Cotance (Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community) on this EU funded project over the past five years, concluded the final conference on completion simply summing up by saying that “every worker is entitled to go to a safe workplace every day”.

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