Textile offcuts are another waste steam that is a core focus at Ethilution. By peeping behind the closed doors of cutting room you will discover the scraps of materials that have been discarded with no answer for. Digging deeper into the industry, it is said that 30-80% of leather in the automotive and furniture sector can become waste. With this knowledge we have built partnerships with businesses that use leather to ensure that any waste they produce is rescued and elevated into long lasting new products. Hf Contracts is one of our local partners who supply bespoke furniture to retail, leisure, hospitality and healthcare and have supported this solution by implementing a system into their workplace which ensures that all their leather and fabric offcuts are directed to Ethilution.
By far the largest quantity of leather waste is generated at the cutting stage. In industrial processing of leather, large amounts of cutting waste is produced especially in the furniture and vehicle sector amounting generally between 30-45%. For furniture sets with large individual surfaces, the wastage can be as high as 80%. A leather skin is never homogeneous or perfectly rectangular and the quality can really fluctuate and be quite poor at the side of the skin, which creates obstacles to reduce leather waste as it doesn’t allow for full optimisation.
We have joined forces with HF Contracts to eliminate and reduce the amount of leather and fabric offcuts produced from the cutting table. HF contracts supply bespoke contract furniture to provide for retail, leisure hospitality and healthcare. We have designed a seamless system in which all leather offcuts of all shapes and sizes are collected from HF contracts to be up-cycled into our handbags. The nature of this process and solution demonstrates that we aren’t any everyday handbag company. We work in real time, which may only allow us to handcraft one bag of one particular style or colour. This is where our ‘ONLY ONE AVAILABLE’ collection was born.