Masterclass Circularity

TypeWebinarDateDecember 7, 2022

Insights for Fashion, Footwear and Automotive

In our current economy, we take resources from the Earth, make products from them and eventually throw most of these products away as waste. With the production of fashion items, footwear and car interiors we should aim to use (and reuse) products as long as possible and reduce waste to minimum. From a linear process to a circular process.

Material sourcing plays a vital role in this matter. How can we take next steps towards circularity? And what role does leather play in a circular economy in the footwear, fashion and automotive industry?

We addressed these questions and more during our online Masterclass on December 7, 2022. You can now watch the replay.


We have talked about these topics:

  • What is meant by “circular”?
  • How can the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Program help us accelerate circularity in business models, product design and manufacturing and support brands?
  • What about the circularity of leather, compared to alternative materials?
  • When can leather be defined as circular? What are the requirements?
  • What technologies are available for recycling leather?
  • How to reduce the industry’s footprint by replacing fossil-based materials by bio-based alternatives?
  • Circularity put in practice: examples in the fashion & footwear industry

For who?

Everybody who wants to learn about circularity is welcome to join. In specific this masterclass is very valuable for:

  • Fashion, textile, automotive, aviation, furniture, shoes & leather goods brands
  • Leather technicians and manufactures
  • Designers
  • Tanneries
  • OEM’s

Are you ready to make the leather value chain more sustainable? Let’s get the conversation started! Participation is free of charge.

Your speakers

The Masterclass was hosted by Nienke SteenCradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Florian Schrey, Royal Smit & Zoon. Ellen De Waele is our moderator and ensured that as many questions as possible were answered.

In collaboration with: