Sustainability Report 2021 - Page 33

Sustainability Report 2021

“ Leather is one of the oldest manufactured products , and the original upcycled material . Nevertheless , innovation is at the heart of our progress at Scottish Leather Group .”

Sustainability and innovation go hand-in-hand . Continuous innovation is how we will reach our goal of net zero carbon by 2025 , and our customers demand the same innovation in our products and services .
The Group has committed to a formal innovation agenda , putting in place a system that encourages and nurtures new ideas – a platform to take our business forward .
We work proactively in ‘ innovation hubs ’ that bring together our own teams with external specialists . These hubs include our manufacturing partners , our customers , research groups and universities .
New ideas are evaluated through collaborative discussion , focus groups and sales team feedback and reviewed for commercial viability and regulatory compliance .
Our iterative approach to research and development ensures that new process or product ideas are robust and fully formed before reaching a commercial evaluation and then , if appropriate , marketing input . Commercialising innovative ideas is the end goal , and during the past year the Group has enjoyed notable successes .
Muirhead Active Hygiene Leather addresses the challenges of post-pandemic passenger travel head-on . Our sustainable natural leather with added antiviral properties , using ViralOff ® technology .
Our Life Cycle Analysis ( LCA ) audits our environmental impact holistically . The hotspot evaluation tool at the heart of the LCA has helped us identify opportunities to continuously reduce our impact .
Our take back scheme for endof-life leather circularises the entire supply chain and helps our customers achieve their own sustainability goals beside ours .
The year ahead will see us focus on introducing more biobased content into our leather making processes , reducing our reliance on potentially harmful chemicals . Commercially this will lead to us presenting customers with next generation leathers .
Our co-products agenda will also evolve rapidly , finding novel applications for proteins in entirely new fields and helping new partners who , like us , are seeking to reach net zero .