Leather, Artificial Leather and Trendy Alternatives
Leather: “Often copied, never equalled”
In the European Union, "leather" is not a legally protected term. As such, the numerous alternatives use this term to further their descriptions in an attempt to appropriate the unique properties of the original. The umbrella organization of European tanners' associations, COTANCE, conducted a detailed examination through the comparison of nine samples of the most frequently referenced alternatives to genuine leather, basically confirming the unique characteristics leather possesses faced against said alternatives, specially pointing out the performance characteristics in each of the samples in relation to leather.
“For this purpose, samples were procured and made available to the independent Research Institute for Leather and Synthetic Materials (FILK) in Freiberg. FILK was thus able to examine the material properties of nine of the most frequently referenced alternatives to leather.” – Leather: “Often copied, never equalled” from Cotance