This company is saving approximately 96,000 hides from entering landfills by turning waste into leather for upholstery!

Series 1, episode 6 of the Sustainability Champion’s Podcast 🎙

What is the environmental cost of producing leather? Is it ethical to wear leather? Is leather considered sustainable?

The leather industry is one of many industries that brings about much conversation surrounding its ethics, its practices, its environmental impact and whether it is a material that is actually sustainable. 

As a channel, we always want to meet new people and showcase their innovations and activism to a wider audience. We always aim to get their perspectives and understand their views on topics and issues that affect all of us and the environment we live in. 

A different type of post to what we are used to here at Sustainability Champions; introducing Jack Prause, CEO of Cortina Leathers. Cortina Leathers started in 1903 and since then has become a market leader, with their leathers being made for clients in a range of markets globally from hospitality, workspaces, the automotive & aviation industries and residential spaces. With a large number of clients around the globe, you may have sat on a chair that has been upholstered with leather made by Cortina Leathers!

On this week’s podcast, our Founder Daniel Hartz speaks to the CEO at Cortina Leathers to discuss more widely the issues within the leather industry and explore the subject of whether or not leather is a sustainable fabric.  

To be able to better answer this question, we wanted to speak with an industry leader and get their view, while also learning more about the industry itself. 

In this episode, it was fascinating to hear about Cortina Leathers Environmental Stewardship initiative and learning about the certifications Cortina has received over the years from Future-Fit Business, SCS Global and ISO. 

Are you interested in joining the conversation on whether leather is sustainable? We will be sending Jack Prause our listeners' questions after this episode goes live. You can send your questions and thoughts to our Marketing Lead Peter at

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Presented by: Daniel Hartz 

Produced by: Daniel Hartz & Peter Donnelly

Video Edit by: Abdallah Raddadi

This feature is sponsored by the team at Cortina Leathers. 

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