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Microplastics a problem even in leather

In the latest app-exclusive article, Abigail Clare, Authenticae and ILM Consultant Technical Editor Karl Flowers explore the dangers of microplastics, an issue so ubiquitous that the leather industry is also part of the problem.

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Deforestation problem is leather’s weak link

On April 14 the Rainforest Foundation Norway published a report “Driving deforestation: The European automotive industry’s contribution to deforestation in Brazil”, in which it accuses carmakers and Groupe Renault of contributing to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest by sourcing leather from Brazilian tanners.

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Consequences of pollution in the tanning industry

Looking back, in many places tannery pollution existed. But times change and it is no longer present. However, in many other places it is still a problem. Now we see that parts of Asia are now tackling the horrible side effects of leather making. But the pollution problem is not only in Asia. It extends into parts of the Middle East, Latin America and across Africa. Much of which is still largely unknown, but I have eye witnessed it myself over the years.

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Hermès leather handbags that smell bad

According to reports from various websites and social media forums iconic French luxury brand Hermès is having to deal with a batch of its famous handbags that “smell of marijuana”.

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The Sauer Report Newsflash

ILM is now publishing exclusively for its subscribers newsflashes from TheSauerReport. These are articles written by Ron Sauer and provide a flavour of the more in depth raw materials and pricing information available on www.thesauerreport.com by country.

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The Sauer Report Newsflash

ILM is now publishing exclusively for its subscribers newsflashes from TheSauerReport. These are articles written by Ron Sauer and provide a flavour of the more in depth raw materials and pricing information available on www.thesauerreport.com by country.

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A meaty issue

A lot is made of the fact that most hides and skins are a by-product of the meat and dairy industry. As a consequence we are intricately involved in the livestock business. I have never bought the argument that tanners are some sort of waste disposal businesses cleaning up unwanted waste from the meat industry. We need hides and skins to be top quality and we fight for the best ones. That is why hides today are at record prices yet offer ridiculously small margins to tanners.

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