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Vans commits to 100% responsible leather by 2030

The U.S. footwear and apparel brand, owned by VF Corporation, has committed to reducing its environmental footprint which includes ensuring that 100% of its top materials, including rubber, cotton, leather and polyester, come from regenerative, responsibly sourced renewable or recycled sources across 85% of its materials. The move follows in the footsteps of sister brand Timberland’s pledge to be net positive by 2030.


ZDHC MRSL version 2.0 released

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme has released version 2.0 of its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL), with new additions.


Life is full of surprises

On a freezing dark February evening in Northampton it was with the a sense of duty that twelve souls braved the elements and spread themselves out in a classroom at the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies to hear the Deputy Chairman (the Chairman was absent) introduce a substitute speaker. Just another meeting of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists where a mix of long retired and just starting members usually just get brought up to date with what to the industry is commonplace.