Useful Articles

The Economist Wrong to Use Negative Terms

New materials will continue to be needed alongside leather and the industry fully accepts that life will become more competitive. We believe that all materials should be objectively evaluated and presented with full transparency but The Economist is in danger of damaging our industry by describing it in the negative terms it uses in its recent piece, 'Growing Leather in Factories' and Leather Naturally has therefore responded.


'Vegan Leather' Deliberately Misleading

The recent article in the Huffpost on the 17th August entitled “Why Vegan Leather Is On The Rise” might be well intentioned but the inaccuracies within it highlight some extremely poor journalism. 


Sustainable Future for Car Seats Best with Leather

It is entirely false to equate the use of plastic in automobile seating with sustainability.  If car owners want to be sustainable they would insist on leather. Well-made leather from globally responsible factories is an engineered product of the highest quality. Unlike plastic it is natural and is not from a fossil fuel.

LN Challenges 'Synthetic Leather' Study

Leather Naturally supports the use of globally-manufactured sustainable leather through a programme of education and factual information. Read more to understand why we challenge some of the misconceptions associated with the promotion of 'synthetic leather' in a letter to the Editor of Footwear News.

Car Buyers Need Choice But First - the Facts

Within the leather industry we believe strongly that well made leather is a material with major environmental benefits and which is perfectly compatible with modern thinking regarding responsible purchasing and consumption. We only ask for a level playing field and not to find our material being attacked with incorrect facts or deliberate untruths.



We Are All in this Together

"We are all in this together," states Martin Ricker, Director of International Leather Maker in a recent article, in which he identifies that the time has come for Leather Naturally and urges businesses or organisations that earn their living from leather in any way to join up.

What is Leather?

Produced by UKLF this concise guide explains what leather is and perhaps more importantly what it is not as it busts some popular myths and explains just why leather is such an enduring and truly sustainable material.

Global Footwear Matchmaking Site

A new website that helps shoe manufacturers and component suppliers get in touch with each other from across the globe has been created in Northamptonshire.

History of tanning – Mesopotamia - by Dirick von Behr

Long before the periods of the greatest splendour of Egypt and Greece, there was a society in Mesopotamia that was far more advanced than all the others. The fertile soil between the Tigris and the Euphrates provided the basis for the Sumerian civilisation at a time when the Egyptians were still living in their own prehistoric times.

Relentless Evolution

The simplest way to describe the task set for LeatherNaturally! is to “defend and promote leather”. These are tasks that an industry should not outsource to an industry body of any sort, new or old, and say “job done". They have to be embedded in what everyone does and says both as companies and as individuals.

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