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Facts & Figures

WORLD TRADE

Leather use (by end products) – million square feet
2007 estimate

Footwear 11,925
Garments 2,290
Auto 2,340
Furniture 3,210
Gloves 1,010
Other leather products 2,155
Total 22,930

Leather use - % of total production

Footwear  52
Garments 10
Auto 10.2
Furniture 14
Gloves 4.4
Other leather products 9.4
Total 100

Source: ICT

VALUE OF LEATHER

  • 10% of the animal’s total value comes from the hide

Source: BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd

  • £593 million – the amount the UK leather industry earns per year

Source: Office for National Statistics (2004) UK 2005 - The Official Yearbook of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

LEATHER HIDES

  • 1 tonne of leather....

....generates only about  255kg of finished, tanned leather...
...the remainder....¾ of the tonne is waste.

  • It takes approximately 4 leather hides to furnish the interior of 1 car

COMPOSITION LEATHER

  • Trimmings and shavings (the raw material of composition leather) accounts for around 30% of a tannery’s waste