What is Sustainable Leather?

The production of leather can be a concern to those who want to purchase sustainable leather goods

What is Sustainable Leather?
September 17, 2018 LUC8K
In Lifestyle

There’s nothing like the look, the feel, the versatility and even the smell of leather. Its popularity today is a testament to the wear ability and attractiveness of high-quality leather goods. In style and strength it can last for generations.

However, the production of leather can be a concern to those who want to purchase sustainable leather goods. There was a time when sustainable leather was an oxymoron but thanks to improvements in production methods throughout the supply chain it is now a reality. Through humane treatments of animals, new tanning processes and the humane treatment of those who work with leather goods, LUC8K leather goods are produced in a sustainable way.

Sustainable leather tanning and rinsing in a factory in France for leather goods. Leather an water falling out of a large container after rinsing

Sustainable Leather Comes In Many Forms

Sustainability takes many forms. For example, it takes into account social responsibility, environmental stewardship and corporate ethics. For the leather industry how animals are treated and how people are treated are equally important.


The most agreed-upon definition of sustainable development was provided by the United Nations in 1987. It includes the following:

“development that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts: first was the concept of ‘needs’, the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and second, the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.”


LUC8K aspires to these goals of sustainable development. Its leather comes from Bull Poney, selected from the finest breeding areas in France and Europe. The hides are then tanned through a mineral process and then dip dyed. The result is a process that is fully sustainable while producing leather that shows the marks and authentic features of the living material. After tanning, LUC8K leather goods are handmade in France, a place historically known for producing exceptional handmade goods. Workers throughout the process are given a fair wage and work in safe, wholesome environments.

Sustainable leather rinsing in a factory in France for leather goods, water comes out of a large container, man works on the side

Unfortunately, the way LUC8K produces its high-quality leather products is not the way it is done in much of the world.

In future stories, LUC8K will explain each step in the leather producing process and allow you to come inside to see how we do it, why we do it and explain the benefits.

In the end disclosure is perhaps the most important part of sustainability. The proof is in seeing. At LUC8K, we are happy to get you as close to the production of our handmade leather goods as possible.