Leather

The unique qualities of kangaroo leather

Kangaroo leather is the strongest and lightest natural leather available. Kangaroo skin has a unique fibre structure that runs parallel to the leather surface to provide exceptional rope-like strength that can be up to three times stronger than bovine, cabretta and goat at a similar thickness. To make most leather thin, the corium (the thick substance below the surface grain) is often shaved down. Kangaroo leather is naturally thin and does not need to be shaved, meaning it retains its natural strength.

Kangaroo leather has:
* Abrasion resistance
* Soft feel
* Sweat resistance
* Superior tensile strength
* Excellent stitch-tear strength

Lifecycle of kangaroo leather

Kangaroo leather is a natural by-product of the meat industry. The production of natural leather prevents skins ending up in landfill. Natural leather lasts longer than most man-made and synthetic materials, it can improve with age and it can be recycled.

An infographic from the HIGG Material Sustainability Index (HIGG MSI) showing the environmental impact between vegan PU leather and vegetable tanned kangaroo leather. The HIGG MSI score only reports on the cradle-to-gate impacts, not the full cradle-to-cradle lifecycle.
An infographic from the HIGG Material Sustainability Index (HIGG MSI) showing the environmental impact between vegan PU leather and vegetable tanned kangaroo leather. The HIGG MSI score only reports on the cradle-to-gate impacts, not the full cradle-to-cradle lifecycle.

Eco-friendly leather

Brands and consumers can find out how their leather was made by looking for the Leather Working Group (LWG) rating. It is an international environmental audit standard developed by major brands, retailers, product manufacturers, leather manufacturers, chemical suppliers and technical experts.