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Banning exotic leather in fashion hurts snakes and crocodiles in the long run

Co-written by Daniel Natusch a practicing Research Scientist and Conservation Biologist; Grahame Webb, Chair of the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group, and a member of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group and Rick Shine, Ecologist and Conservation Biologist and a Professor in Biology at Macquarie University. The article was first published on the website, The Conversation, with permission to republish on the ILM website.


Why protecting “leather” is so important

While it may be a difficult period for many in the global tanning industry, the leading brands in the premium leather goods and automobile segments virtually all have genuine leather at the heart of their ranges. Genuine leather combines natural beauty, longevity, craftsmanship and desirability which is the envy of many competing materials who look to trade from its reputation.


‘Premium News’ added to ILM website homepage

From January 15, ILM has updated the look of its website homepage to make it look cleaner and easier for users to navigate and find the latest information. The main change regards the news section, which is now broken into two categories.


Leading the way with ZDHC

Last week I had occasion to read leather chemical maker, Stahl’s website. One paragraph stood out: 

“Since 2011, large apparel and footwear brands such as Burberry, Benneton, Gap, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Nike and Adidas, cooperate within the ZDHC foundation to lead the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. This is fully in line with our goal to achieve a more sustainable and transparent supply chain and with our commitment to a cleaner environment and safe and secure working conditions for people. We are convinced that only by working together within the industry, this can be achieved.”


Leather Law launches practical website

Developed by the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB), the website highlights the criteria behind the Leather Law, offers practical information on how to distinguish synthetic materials from leather and how to clean and care for leather articles.