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Scottish Leather Group

Industry: Manufacturing    

About the organisation: Scottish Leather Group (SLG) is the UK’s largest leather manufacturer supplying a wide range of industries.  Working with many of the world’s leading brands, SLG contribute to Scotland’s reputation for world-class innovation and manufacturing. As well as this passion for high-quality products, their commitment to sustainability and the environment has led to the creation of an almost entirely closed loop process.

Key sustainability highlights:

  • As of 2021, Scottish Leather Group is officially manufacturing the lowest carbon leather in the world.
  • By 2025, Scottish Leather Group will have zero process waste to landfill through circular manufacturing processes.

In detail

Scottish Leather Group places sustainability at the heart of everything they do and as a Circular Glasgow Ambassador, are committed to championing Glasgow’s place at the forefront of the circular economy. To date, SLG have already managed to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by 81%.

Their circular manufacturing process is part of their commitment to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 9 for Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

As part of their circular manufacturing approach, Scottish Leather have invested in:

Thermal Energy Plant

One of the company’s most innovative features is the self-funded Thermal Energy Plant (TEP), opened in 2009. Solid waste, created from the leather-making process, is sent to the TEP and converted into oil, biofuel and ash (to be sold or used as fuel for electricity) and gas (converted into heat which is pumped back into the tannery).

Ultrafiltration Plant

Water is sourced primarily from the company’s own loch and once used in the leather-making process, the ultrafiltration plant allows 40% of water to be recycled back into the production process. Any water that cannot be re-used is treated by Scottish Water before re-joining the River Clyde as clean water.

Sourcing locally

Scottish Leather Group source 98% of raw hides from UK and Irish sources to reduce their carbon footprint and associated travel costs. The hides are sourced responsibly, ensuring accountability and transparency with suppliers.

Learn more

Visit Scottish Leather Group’s Sustainablity Report

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