Planet | Scottish Leather Group


Management approach.

In 2003 Scottish Leather Group launched its zero waste strategy. We have dramatically (by 90%) reduced the average carbon intensity (measured as CO2 equivalent) per hide of our leather by switching to 100% renewable electricity and converting our own process waste into energy.

We approach the final stages of that journey with our goal to reach zero for scope 1 and 2 carbon and zero process waste to landfill by 2025.

We are committed to the sustainable manufacturing of leather and reducing the footprint of our own operations.

Key measurements.

Life Cycle Analysis


We produce the world’s lowest carbon leather as measured using Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). This is a methodology for measuring the true long-term impact of a service or product.

LCA is a powerful tool for measuring how responsible our consumption and production is, enabling a true and fair comparison against the impact of other products and materials.

On average, our LCA is 8kg CO2e/m2 which is the lowest in the world published for leather.

"Our patented circular manufacturing process minimises waste to landfill and radically reduces our carbon footprint."

Water recycling

Resource stewardship

We source natural, clean, local water from our own loch. The water is “borrowed”; we treat it, recycle it or discharge the treated water back to the same watershed (same river), without consuming any according to LCA.

A further benefit of water recycling is heat recovery, accounting for up to half of our water heating demand.

The Group ensures that all materials used throughout our leather production are responsibly sourced and that our production carbon intensity is constantly improving, such as through the use of certified 100% renewable electricity.

"Our ultrafiltration plant enables us to recycle up to 40% of our treated water back into use within production."

ESG Report.

Our annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report summarises our activities, commitments and innovation agenda. All supporting and driving us towards a more sustainable future.

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