Leather is the ultimate product in that, looked after properly, it will last but it’s also biodegradable unlike most of the leather substitute materials currently on the market. These substitute materials create issues both during production, in the waste that’s created, and how it’s disposed of at the end of its useable life.
Here at the Clayton Leather Group, we are passionate about sustainability and taking care of the environment. This involves ensuring that 100% of waste that we produce throughout the manufacturing process is recycled; none of which goes to landfill.
During the tanning process, we are highly reliant on water, which enables us to hydrate the leather. We use river water that is recycled through our internal drainage and filtration system, and the filter cake from this gets passed on to make garden fertiliser. The water being returned to the river is actually in better condition than when we received it.
Our leather is in fact already a byproduct made from hides passed on to us from the meat industry. An industrial collagen recycler takes the waste output that is then produced from our fleshing machine.
We split our leather into specific dimensions as requested by our customers, and the offcuts left over from this are recycled through a local housing association. They then incinerate the leather to create hot water and heating for community housing. Our final leather product is entirely biodegradable, unlike other leather substitute materials, helping us to achieve our aim of closing the loop.
As expected, all other waste such as plastic, paper and cardboard is recycled through a commercial recycling company. We aim to seek ISO 14001 accreditation during 2017. This is managed by the International Organisation for Standardisation and will recognise that environmental standards and expectations of our customers have been met.
Thank you for your generous donations and reshares on Facebook during our fundraising campaign. The online donations were all added to the donations taken at the evening’s event – totalling just over £2000 for The Leather And Hide Trades Benevolent Institution.
All names from the online funding page and on all the donators on the night were placed into the draw where The Master Antony Barrow drew a winner…
The proud new owner of a signed Daniel Craig pair of leather Crockett & Jones Alex Black shoes was……..Iain Mcfadyen from Scottish Leather Group.
Shown here receiving the shoes by our very own Ian T. Walker, Chairman of the Clayton Leather Group.
During the two days of promoting the funding page, we had a considerable push for donations via blogs and posts from James Bond Lifestyle. Followed up by Make it British during their Facebook Live session – we’d like to say a big thank you for your support.
Today the Clayton Leather Group announced that General Manager of J &E Sedgwick’s & Co, Walsall and Group Sales Manager, Philip Bevington, has joined the board of J&E Sedgwick & Co Ltd.
Philip joined the Company as Group Sales Manager in February 2016 having previously held management roles in the Fashion and Food export industries. In September 2016 he added the role General Manager of J&E Sedgwick following the retirement of Managing Director Richard Farrow.
This appointment continues to demonstrate the commitment of the company to grow its business across Europe and the rest of the world by enhancing the Management structure at the Clayton Leather Group.
At the end of August, the All China Leather Exhibition took front of stage in Shanghai as it opened its doors to the world of leather at the New Exhibition Centre. The show had around 23,000 excited visitors across the three days seeking out suppliers who can help their company grow in the leather industry. The Clayton Leather Group exhibited their leather in Shanghai by supporting the group’s sole distributor to the Chinese market Brothers Leathercraft, who was officially named as the group distributor this year and exhibited at the show for the first time.
Located in the first hall J & E Sedgwick’s Traditional Bridle leather, Clayton and Sons’ shell cordovan and horse front were proudly on display generating continued activity around the stand. Small leather goods manufactured from the bridle leather were on display enabling visitors to see the various leathers as a finished product. The 152-year-old walrus leather exhibit, which has travelled with the group across the globe on various exhibitions, was a definite eye catcher throughout the show.
Where many exhibitors had mixed feelings on whether the show had been successful or not, the Clayton Leather Group’s distributors stand had a constant flow of visitors. Many visitors wanting to know more about the versatility of English traditional bridle leather and how this leather could suit their requirements. The time and care taken to produce every hand finished piece of leather by the group is something that the Far East market appreciates, clearly shown by the number of visitors to the stand.
Many companies use the show as an opportunity to talk to current customers to further build relationships. In the case of Brothers Leathercraft more than half of their customers come from their e-commerce site so this was the first time the company could meet their customers face to face. The chance to discuss orders with current customers on this scale is rare for Brothers Leathercraft, giving them real value to exhibiting in Shanghai this year.
A month has passed now since the show ended and the dust has finally settled for this year’s ACLE. Next destination for the Clayton Leather Group is Hong Kong in March 2018 for the All Pacific Leather Fair.
The ‘All China Leather Exhibition’ is fast approaching and this will be the second trade show in China that the group will have exhibited at this year. The Clayton Leather Group’s range of products will be exhibited on the Brothers Leathercraft stand, who signed an official distribution agreement during the APLF show in Hong Kong.
Clayton & Sons have extended the range of colours in horse front leather and will be our main feature over the three days. The leather is manufactured at the group’s tannery in Chesterfield, England, and offers a fantastic vintage finish which is perfect for jackets and small leather bags.
The Clayton leather Group started producing horse front leather in black and brown some 8 years ago. However, this year is the first time the finishing team have created colours that stray away from the still very classic shades. Our colour palette for horse front now consists of Black, Brown, Red, Blue, Natural, Green, Burgundy, and Conker.
The range will be displayed on stand number E1/C12a during ACLE.
Follow the group on social media platforms during the show for the latest updates.
“A great video insight into the manufacturing world of leather and why it’s a thriving industry to be a part of –
filmed and edited by media student Aaron Freeman from University of Northampton & Luke Sheehan from FireSparkleProductions truly showing off the opportunities for our younger generation to get started and sustain their jobs in leather.
Our industry is clearly keeping them enthused day in day out, and they are most definitely helping to shape the future of leather trade in the UK!”
In March, Hong Kong’s APLF leather and materials show provided J & E Sedgwick’s the perfect opportunity to premier some exciting new colours in actual leather, as well as some fashion accessories we had manufactured using our leather in the new colours. These new colours demonstrate that we are aware that the leather industries colour palette is ever changing.
This was the first time new colours have been introduced by Sedgwick’s since the early millennium, therefore it was important to focus on keeping the same recognised finishing technique Sedgwick’s is globally known for.
The Sedgwick colour palette now has seven additional fashion colours which are – Baby Blue, Pink, Charcoal, Apple Green, Red, Purple and Grey which will continue to evolve as the market changes.
Alongside this colour launch, we exhibited for the first time under our new corporate identity and group branding which reinforces the relationship between the four companies working together under The Clayton Leather Group brand.
Use our enquiry forms on our contact page for more information on our new lacing hide colours.