Leather Life Cycle Assessment (Leather LCA)

The question, ‘what is the cleanest, greenest or environmentally sustainable tannage type?’ is one that is often asked. Without enough understanding, it is repeatedly assumed that leather tanned with vegetable extracts must always be better, but the reality can be quite different.

So to better understand the impacts of the different tannage types, Eurofins | BLC commissioned the Leather LCA by an independent company, which compares chrome, aldehyde and vegetable tanned leathers.

The Leather LCA is a detailed life cycle analysis of three tanning systems; vegetable, chrome and aldehyde (wet white) using the ISO14040 standard.


How can the Leather LCA benefit your tanning process?

The details of the leather LCA are only available to Members, so if you're a Eurofins | BLC Member, contact us today for further information. 

For further information on becoming a Eurofins | BLC Member, please view our membership page.

Please read our consultancy terms and conditions.

Material Assessment

The Eurofins | BLC consulting team can provide a wide range of sustainability and circular economy assessment services.


Eurofins | BLC can carry out assessments on the following materials:

  • Leather
  • Textile
  • Plastics 
  • Rubbers 
  • Synthetics


We have worked with a wide range of organisations in this area, and examples of completed projects include:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Risk assessments for new tannages
  • New processing techniques
  • Waste disposal or recycling concepts

Circular economy risk

Many brands or manufacturers want to recycle materials to provide efficiencies, reduce waste and costs or just to tell a positive story. However, it becomes challenging if you dont know the origin and provenance of the materials you are recycling.

Many recycled products like plastics, textile or metals could contain chemical contaminants that might make them both hazardous and or illegal to sell.

Eurofins | BLC can provide consulting support to investigate and risk assess these types of scenarios.


Our Accreditations

Eurofins | BLC holds accreditations from UKAS and CPSC and has auditors approved to carry out LWG audits. Trust Eurofins | BLC to deliver some of the most accurate test results in the industry.

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“10 years of Eurofins | BLC Membership has enabled us to provide continuous assurance of product quality and safety, giving our customers greater confidence in our products.”


United Kingdom

"Through Eurofins | BLC Membership, we have access to technical support for leather product testing, helping us to provide more efficient services to our customers."

William Lamb

United Kingdom

"We thought every part of the Eurofins | BLC leather course was very informative and interesting."

John Lewis Partnership

United Kingdom

"Eurofins | BLC Membership allows us to develop innovative high quality raw materials in order to continue our product improvement programme."


United Kingdom

"All parts of the leather training course were relevant and very informative. I now have a new appreciation for leather!"

Ralph Lauren

United States of America

"We were very impressed by the speaker on the leather training course who had excellent knowledge of the subject."


United Kingdom

"I became a Member to take advantage their specification building services and 1-2-1 regulatory advice."

Gheli International


"I enjoyed all of the leather course as a chemist I wanted to understand the whole process of making leather."

Smit & zoon


"I enjoyed the combination of theoretical and practical training on the 4-day leather course."


United Kingdom

"Membership allowed us to use the expertise of Eurofins | BLC to improve our suppliers' environmental performance."

Clarks International

United Kingdom

"Smart chemical testing of wet blue saves our business time and money."

Casino Hide Tanners


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