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Fibre Intro: Leather

Probably the earliest fabric used by humans, leather is a multi-billion dollar global industry. Growing criticism of its severe environmental impact is driving keen interest in sustainable alternatives.

Leather is animal hide that is cleaned, treated (or ‘tanned’) and then finished with a specific colour, embossing or feel. Manufacturers turn this into footwear – the primary use – as well as clothing, fashion accessories, interiors and car upholstery. Most leather comes from bovine animals rea…

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