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.
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.
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“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.
The Clayton Leather Group are proud to announce a major supply agreement with major US leather retailer Tandy Leather.
Tandy who have 100 plus company owned outlets in the USA,UK,Spain ,Canada and Australia will begin stocking a range of Clayton Leather Group hand finished leathers in June 2017.
Ian T Walker, Group Executive Chairman remarked that both companies have a rich heritage going back more than a century so it’s fitting that Tandy decided to add our Field to Finish hand finished leathers to their range. Our leather addition extends Tandy’s commitment to offer the best quality materials and value to their end customers.
Mark Angus, President Tandy Leather commented Clayton Leather Group has been producing high quality true English Bridle Leathers for over a century and we are really excited to partner with them on bringing these leathers to our customers.
Since 1975 an impressive oil painting has taken centre stage in the boardroom of J & E Sedgwick, previously purchased from a Tannery in Birmingham called Muskets. The serene landscape of oak bark collecting in Cannock Chase has been a strong focal point of how proud the company is to be situated in the West Midlands.
At the end of 2016, a decision was made that the offices were in need of reorganisation during 2017. The changes will allow several employees to share their working space in what was the old boardroom and their existing offices will be transformed into ‘hot spot’ meeting rooms to accommodate the ever-evolving company.
Due to the reshuffle of office, this now means that the painting will not fit into the space it once sat and will need a new owner.
‘The Woodlanders’, painted by David Bates in 1897 is an incredible piece of artwork measuring 102cm high by 149cm wide, recently restored by Jane Mockett from Jane Maguire Fine Art Conservation in Shrewsbury. Thanks to Jane the oil painting is now, somewhat, back to its former glory showing its previous undecipherable beauty.
As you can imagine, being held behind the glass frame for the past 40 years took its toll on artwork. Removal and replacement of old dirty varnish and attention to the lifting/cupping of the paint proves to be a common thing with a painting of this age.
Artist Biography – David Bates (1840-1921) was born in Cambridge and worked as a porcelain painter at the Royal Worcester porcelain works where he came to specialise in painting flowers. His famous ‘open-air’ rural landscapes were mostly inspired by the picturesque UK countryside. Paintings in the Midlands, Lake District, Scotland and Wales noticeably indicates great passion and love for the country he grew up in.
His artwork is on display in Liverpool Museum, Worcester Museum and other art galleries.
Last week’s trade show in Hong Kong was the first major exhibition of the year that The Clayton Leather Group attended, providing the opportunity to showcase all the new activities for the group in 2017.
28th March – Morning before APLF and the anticipation of the first day couldn’t be more noticeable as we were setting up the new stand. Heads already started to turn as a beautiful leather jacket, made of our Clayton’s horse front and Cordovan shell leather was added to the stand. The team were yet to know at this point, just how popular the stand would prove to be.
Products manufactured from J & E Sedgwick’s newly coloured lacing hides were placed on display in the elegant glass cabinets attracting visitors to the back of the stand. Seamlessly, hung alongside the product cabinets, the actual lacing hides allowed visitors to familiarise themselves with the touch and feel of genuine Sedgwick leather.
The uniqueness of the stand design allowed visitors to understand the company values any which way they looked. The group’s ethos “Field to Finish” was vital to broadcast during the exhibition, our brand-new iPad stand also reiterated these values as a tutorial of our website ran on a loop.
Our digital footprint is continually growing within the leather industry and the iPad stand was the perfect feature to captivate visitors.
With all the preparation of the stand completed on the 5 hour mark a countdown to opening the doors began. The exhibitions final preparations came to a conclusion around 6 pm and with expected attendance numbers of 16,000 visitors, from around 90 different countries, a true excitement was building up.