Material Performance and Sourcing: Bovine Leather

In order to replace leather, we need to know what makes leather desirable. People don't buy leather because they want an animal to be killed. They buy leather because of its look, feel, quality, and performance all of which can be replicated using non-animal and less environmentally damaging materials. This report lays out the attributes brands look for in leather, how to test for them, and what metrics material companies need to meet in order to satisfy brand requirements. The more we understand why people purchase leather, the better we can produce materials which meet their needs but are animal-free and more sustainable.

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