Leather is responsible for a variety of adverse environmental impacts at multiple points throughout its entire lifecycle. To combat these effects, it is important to improve the sustainability of the leather industry while more environmentally conscious alternatives are being developed.→ →
Leather is made by tanning the skins and rawhide of animals. In the tanning process, many various chemicals are used, such as chromium, phthalate esters, and nonylphenol ethoxylate soapes. Tanneries around the world have been accused of several severe environmental pollution cases as well as significant negative health impacts amongst tannery workers.