Imagine if we only discovered leather today for the first time. How do you think the story would read, maybe something like this….

Breaking News: A ground-breaking natural material, dubbed ‘leather,’ has been discovered. Labelled as a saviour for our planet, this versatile substance is set to revolutionise many industries. From car seats to clothing, furniture to footwear, ‘leather’ is poised to replace fossil-based synthetic materials, thereby significantly reducing our carbon footprint and environmental damage.

Little is known about this new discovery just now, but the team who made the breakthrough have stated they will be very transparent in the coming months and have declared they will make the science behind producing ‘leather’ available to everyone as the sooner the world can stop making plastic composite materials, the better it will be.

So, what do we know about leather? In a first-seen report from the team, these are the details:

It’s made from a by-product

Remarkably, ‘leather’ comes from meat and dairy cattle hides and is classed as a by-product. Whilst the world has been eating meat, drinking milk and benefitting from the protein this provides, all the hides that have been discarded now have a home.

It's safe to say the world will be a better, healthier, and more stylish place to live when we all have ‘leather’ in our homes, wardrobes, and car interiors.

It’s natural and bio-based

‘Leather’ is a natural material with a biogenic carbon content of over 80%, and the team is confident that this will be close to 100% in the next few years.

It reduces landfill and, therefore, Greenhouse Gases (GHG)

Up until now, all these cattle hides (roughly 331 million per year) have been going to landfills, creating earth-shattering amounts of GHG. Early calculations by the team show that if the automotive industry adopts ‘leather’ for car interiors, it will save 644 million kg CO2e per year, and that’s without the savings of not producing the plastic composite materials they are currently using, which could more than double this figure.

It’s part of the circular economy

Everything is used, and nothing is wasted that we now we can make ‘leather’ from the hides. Upon reaching the end of its life, ‘leather’ can be composted to enrich the soil. This, in turn, nurtures grass growth, providing sustenance for the cows that initiate this regenerative cycle all over again.

It’s so versatile

It would seem there are so many uses for ‘leather’, and small tweaks in how it is made can result in different types and finishes. We’re told they can make leather any colour you want; they can digitally print on it to make fabulous designs; embossing the surface can produce consistent finishes, allowing hides with scars or insect bites to be used, instead of thrown away; quilting and perforations can be added to bring modern design ideas, and we’re hearing they have experimented putting electronics and buttons behind leather in car dashboards.

It’s a high-performing material

Tests show that leather is very durable and will last for decades with very simple maintenance. It also is breathable and adjusts to body temperature, making it comfortable to wear and sit on during long journeys in a car. ‘Leather’ is naturally flame retardant, unlike the plastic composite materials we are used to. Until now, we have been used to having to throw away and replace our plastic composite clothes; this will become a thing of the past. And no more trips to the car shop to get our seats recovered every 2 or 3 years as we’re told if we damage ‘leather’, it can be repaired!

As we learn more from the team, who are currently sending out samples for us all to try, we will bring it to you. But it’s safe to say the world will be a better, healthier, and more stylish place to live when we all have ‘leather’ in our homes, wardrobes, and car interiors.

Wow – what a story that would make.

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