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SUSTAINABLE SOURCING 

For an ethical supply chain, and the planet

We source traceable rawhides locally from responsible suppliers.

Great leather starts with high quality, ethically sourced raw materials and a commitment to only source our rawhides from ethically responsible suppliers we trust.  From the finest herds that graze on local pastures, we source over 98% of our rawhides from the UK and Ireland, all of which are a by-product of the beef and dairy industries.

There’s no risk of deforestation as a result of using any Bridge of Weir leather. And, when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint from added transportation and emissions, there’s no hidden hide miles.

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The highest standards of welfare.

Our hides are a by-product of the local food industry and are sourced from the highest-rated territories in the Animal Protection Index, which are able to demonstrate the highest of animal welfare standards including the Five Freedoms set of principles of animal husbandry:

  • Freedom from hunger & thirst
    Ready access to water and a diet to maintain health and vigour
  • Freedom from discomfort
    Providing an appropriate environment
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease
    Prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour
    Providing sufficient space and proper facilities
  • Freedom from fear and distress
    Ensuring conditions and treatment, avoiding mental suffering

The finest leathers from
the finest herds.

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Responsible sourcing

Quality, traceability and accountability are our focus when sourcing, which is why 39.2% of our rawhides are sourced on our doorstep in Scotland from grass-fed, net-zero farms. Working with trusted, local suppliers also help to reduce our carbon footprint and transport needs. 

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Traceability matters

Our hides can be traced back to the farm they came from and are all by-products from predominantly the UK beef and dairy industry. This forms part of our wider commitment to sustainability as a circular manufacturer, lowering our impact on the environment, and helping our customers to do the same whenever they choose Bridge of Weir leather.

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Sustainable tanning

We adopt both a traditional tanning approach alongside a series of innovative and progressive sustainable processes and solutions. We have engineered a series of sustainable tanning options for our customers, including the introduction of a 100% natural tanning solution and the tanning of hides in modern, energy efficient drums that save 70% of energy and 32% of water per hide.

Sustainability Report

Our annual Sustainability Report summarises our activities, commitments and innovation agenda. All supporting and driving us towards a more sustainable future.

Responsible sourcing and sustainable tanning are part of our effort under Goal 15 of the UN Global Compact: Life on land. Learn more about our raw hides and responsible sourcing in our report.