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Real  vs Synthetic Leather

The leather industry has been the subject of debates about its environmental impact, but it is important to consider that, compared to the manufacture of fully synthetic leather, the production of natural leather can present significant environmental advantages.


Menuor Carbon Footprint
The production of synthetic leather often involves the use of toxic chemicals and petroleum products, contributing to a larger carbon footprint. In contrast, natural leather tanning uses techniques that, if managed responsibly, can be less harmful to the environment.

Durability and Longevity
Natural leather is known for its durability and longevity. Leather products stand the test of time better, reducing the need for frequent replacement and, therefore, the amount of waste.

Unlike synthetic leather, which relies on non-renewable resources, natural leather comes from animals that are part of natural renewal cycles. This contributes to the biorenewability of leather and reduces its impact on non-renewable resources.

Recyclability and Biodegradability
Natural leather is recyclable and biodegradable. Although the leather industry faces challenges in waste management, especially in tanning, there are initiatives to improve recyclability and reduce waste.


In Scotland, there is a leather tannery that uses by-products from the brewing industry. Beer gives the leather a unique color and a peculiar aroma.

The leather industry contributes to job creation around the world. Additionally, when sustainable practices are implemented in production, long-term economic development is encouraged.

Despite modern technologies, the human touch remains essential in the tannery. Craftsmanship directly affects the quality of the leather.​​


Vegetable tanning is the most sustainable and environmentally friendly option.


While the leather industry faces challenges in terms of sustainability, practices and technologies have been implemented to improve its environmental impact. The choice between natural and synthetic leather is not simply a matter of black or white; It depends on how processes are managed and environmental challenges are addressed.

The leather industry, with responsible management, can play a crucial role in promoting more sustainable practices and offering durable products that minimize environmental impact compared to synthetic alternatives. By making informed decisions and supporting brands committed to sustainability, we can contribute to a healthier future for our planet.


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