Desert Spring joins SLF

Throughout recent years in the leather industry, renewable chemistry alternatives have become more widely available and SLF recently welcomed into partnership a company that is developing another great example of innovation in this remit. DesertSpring is a joint venture from three companies that are experts in innovative social business, producing quality materials for leather production […]

July 2023 Newsletter

Our latest roundup of news, including information about our Are You Ready? campaign, Traceability, University of Northampton Sustainability Summit, upcoming presentation at ACLE Shanghai and our End of Year Partner Meeting.

SIPS Project: Workshops in Tanzania

Last week saw the first on-the-ground visit to Tanzania under the SIPS project to participate in workshops in Dodoma and Mwanza. The first workshop, in Dodoma, was attended by 45 representatives from national and local government, leather manufacturers and footwear manufacturers.  Following the main presentations, the assembled group held some interesting discussions around the key […]

University of Northampton Sustainability Summit 2023

On 15th and 16th May, Northampton University held their inaugural Sustainability Summit with the central theme of “Adapting to a changing world – addressing our shared sustainability challenges” The 2-day event which was held at the University’s Waterside Campus,  brought together representatives from local, national and international businesses, along with academia and government, to discuss […]

Ars Tinctoria publication on Biobased Content of Materials

Ars Tinctoria, founded in 2011, specialises in the research of materials and their dyes and pigments. Recent research has focused on the assessment of Biobased Carbon content on materials, to combat the widespread practice of greenwashing, particularly around sustainability claims. The publication of the findings of this research entitled “Materials’ Circularity: A Novel Method for […]

SLF appoint Zain Akber as our Head of Auditing Services

As we continue to grow at SLF, we are delighted to strengthen our team with the appointment of Zain Akber as our Head of Auditing Services.  Ensuring a robust and credible audit service is paramount, particularly in the changing landscape of the leather industry as we endeavour to meet the challenges of incoming legislation.  Zain […]

Sustainable Leather Foundation awarded contract from Joint Action SIPS to support improvement and development in the SADC region.

Sustainable Leather Foundation (SLF) today announced the successful completion of a tender process with the Joint Action Support towards Industrialization and the Productive Sectors in the SADC region (SIPS) project to support sustainable and environmental compliance for the leather value chain in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The Joint Action SIPS is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and managed by the SADC Secretariat.

Real Leather Stay Different International Student Design Competition 2023 now open!

Annual competition launches with future-first, slow fashion message – showcasing the next generation of global design talent that champions ‘slow fashion’ through use of long-lasting natural leather products.   After a record-breaking 2022 with entries from more than 40 countries, the competition that invites designers to ‘think natural’ and challenge the fast fashion cycle is […]

SLF, LWG and ICEC sign at Lineapelle the Terms of Reference of the COTANCE initiative of alignment of Leather Traceability Schemes

The COTANCE initiative on alignment of Leather Traceability Schemes was launched at the last Lineapelle Fair, back in September 2022. Since then, it has progressed in monthly meetings in which the main leather-relevant certification scheme owners and interested CEN TC 289 Standardisation experts have prepared together with the COTANCE Secretariat the way for defining the […]