We filter and recycle our used water back into leather production.
Scottish water is world-renowned for its quality and our loch holds 37 million litres of clean natural water – equivalent to 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools. It’s certified Class 1 for purity.
Our water-efficient tannery uses 50% less water per hide than our competitors, and we filter and recycle every drop we use.
When it comes to water, we’re naturally lucky. A lot of ours comes from our own loch – a brilliant, natural source of clean Scottish water.
Our ultrafiltration plant recycles up to 40% of our wastewater back into leather production. This significantly reduces our intake from the loch, minimising impact on the local watershed.
We re-use a lot of our treated wastewater, and every drop we don’t is further treated by Scottish Water before rejoining the ecosystem of the River Clyde as clean water. We complete this circular process by managing and maintaining the welfare of our loch ourselves.
Our circular water process
Our suppliers became signatories to our Code of Conduct.
We will be accredited to the UN Global Compact.
We will have verified the integrity of our supply chain to meet internationally accepted standards.
We will have zero process waste to landfill through circular manufacturing, and become carbon neutral, as reported under SECR.
Our annual Sustainability Report summarises our activities, commitments and innovation agenda. All supporting and driving us towards a more sustainable future.
Water efficiency is part of our effort under Goal 6 of the UN Global Compact: Clean water and sanitation. Learn more about how our water-efficient tanneries help to support this goal in our report.