Make your leather goods circular

The future is circular

In our current economy, we take resources from the Earth, make products from them and eventually throw most of these products away as waste. That can be described as a linear process. A circular process, on the contrary, aims to reduce waste to a minimum.
The circular economy is defined as a model of production and consumption based on sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended.

With the production of fashion items, footwear, car interiors, aviation seats and upholstery we should aim to use (and reuse) products as long as possible and to reduce waste to a minimum. Material sourcing plays a vital role in this matter. Are you ready to make your leather goods circular?

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Leather’s role in the circular economy

Leather is a perfect fit in the circular economy. It is a natural and extremely durable material that can be repaired, re-used and recycled. Leather is made from a byproduct of the food and diary industry. The leather industry is turning a hide, that otherwise would go to waste, into a beautiful, long-lasting material.

A leather product also has the ability to composte and biodegrade back into nature at its end of life, when manufactured in a sustainable way without hazardous chemicals. With Zeology tanned leather, Nera is offering brands and designers just that: a durable and truly sustainable material that fits in a circular model, without compromising on leather performance.

In the future, your leather sport shoes could serve as a fertilizer for your garden.

Sports company PUMA has developed an experimental version of its most iconic sneaker, the SUEDE, to test for a product to make it circular.  The RE:SUEDE is made from more sustainable materials such as Zeology Leather.

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Leather circularity

Leather, a circular material

Let’s have a look at the unique qualities of leather, that make this material suited for a circular economy:
  • Leather uses renewable, raw materials
  • Leather is made from a by-product of the food and diary industry
  • Leather is a long-lasting material and repairable
  • Leather can biodegrade back into nature
  • Brands and tanneries have the choice for greener chemicals in the manufacturing process

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A Perfect Model of Circularity: Return To Nature collection by Anya Hindmarch

Fashion game-changer Anya Hindmarch has created a bag collection that can decompose back to earth. The collection, that is called Return To Nature, has been designed to be capable of degrading naturally – from earth, to cow, to bag, to earth and on again in a model of perfect circularity.

The Return To Nature tote and bucket bag styles are crafted from Zeology leather – aldehyde free, heavy metal free and chrome free – and can biodegrade naturally back to earth.

In support of DIRT, the foundation for the regeneration of the soil.

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Zeology Leather, the circular choice

Zeology is the certified leather tanning agent that is proven free of hazardous chemicals and consists of circular chemistry. Zeology enables you to produce sustainable leather, that fits in a circular model, without compromising on leather performance.


  • Cradle to Cradle Certified Material Health CertificateTM at the Platinum level
  • Tox FMD Screened Chemistry Certificate
  • ZDHC MRSL Conformance – Level 3

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