Ethics & Animal Welfare

Animal welfare is a key concern of ours at Sørensen Leather. We make a point of dealing with European tanneries and only with people we trust professionally and ethically who share our concern for the humane treatment of animals.

By definition, leather is already a by-product referred to as “waste material”, which we are recycling for further use as a design object, a piece of furniture or as part of an interior. In doing so, we are giving the leather a second life – which we hope will last for many generations to come.

At Sørensen Leather, sustainability is all about the environment, ethics and animal welfare

Our focus on the environment is a top priority. We take great pride in continuously fulfilling the strictest environmental requirements in the industry.

When leather is produced in the most environmentally friendly way, it is a highly sustainable product. The hides are natural – a waste material with a high recycling rate. In fact, a quality piece of furniture produced in leather lasts an average of 3 – 4 times longer than furniture produced in a different kind of material.

All the leather types at Sørensen Leather comply with EU regulations, which impose the strictest requirements in the industry for every aspect of the production process. Including REACH, which focuses on safety with ways to protect health and the environment.

For example, our PURE collection is IVN certified, which involves stringent requirements for the production of the finished leather. Primarily this means the leather is vegetable tanned and that the waste disposal and possible recycling of the waste are monitored and always documented throughout the process.

But our concern doesn’t stop at environmental performance alone. Our focus on the environment begins at the beginning of the process and is constantly expanding.

Environmental Policy

As a leading supplier of leather to the designer furniture industry, we are highly committed to meeting and maintaining the strict environmental industry requirements. We also go to great lengths to promote the production of top quality leather in the most environmentally friendly way possible. 



At Sørensen Leather, we partner exclusively with producers who are compliant with all the necessary regulations from the EU as well as the local legislation per country. Our suppliers’ commitment to the environment means that they keep us regularly up-to-date on new techniques in leather research and development.

We require all our producers to have certifiable proof of their compliance with the proper standards of environmental management systems. This is reflected in their ISO 14001 or ISO 9001 certificate, or their LWG (Leather Working Group) environmental certification from the BLC Leather Technology Centre. The BLC covers standards, procedures and inspections regarding limitations on the use of certain hazardous substances in accordance with local and international environmental safety requirements.

Additionally, we only choose to collaborate with the most renowned, trusted tanneries in the world. Tanneries have their own environmentally-friendly treatment plants, recycling systems and modern dosage techniques – all according to the standards and requirements set forth by the EU and their local authorities, who perform inspections on a regular basis to ensure that the tanneries maintain quality standards at all times.

Furthermore, 90% of the hides we source are of European origin, so there is limited transport time to the tanneries. This helps conserve fuel costs and their related effect on the environment

We place great importance on the ethical treatment of animals. To this end, we make sure that the raw hides only come from approved abattoirs where the handling and treatment of cattle is in strict compliance with the standards set forth for animal welfare and hygiene. It is actually in everyone’s best interest that the animals live a healthy life, as this is ultimately reflected in the quality of the hides, as well.

At Sørensen Leather, sustainability is all about the environment, ethics and animal welfare

Our focus on the environment is a top priority. We take great pride in continuously fulfilling the strictest environmental requirements in the industry.

When leather is produced in the most environmentally friendly way, it is a highly sustainable product. The hides are natural – a waste material with a high recycling rate. In fact, a quality piece of furniture produced in leather lasts an average of 3 – 4 times longer than furniture produced in a different kind of material.

All the leather types at Sørensen Leather comply with EU regulations, which impose the strictest requirements in the industry for every aspect of the production process. Including REACH, which focuses on safety with ways to protect health and the environment.

For example, our PURE collection is IVN certified, which involves stringent requirements for the production of the finished leather. Primarily this means the leather is vegetable tanned and that the waste disposal and possible recycling of the waste are monitored and always documented throughout the process.

But our concern doesn’t stop at environmental performance alone. Our focus on the environment begins at the beginning of the process and is constantly expanding.

Ethics & Animal Welfare

Animal welfare is a key concern of ours at Sørensen Leather. We make a point of dealing with European tanneries and only with people we trust professionally and ethically who share our concern for the humane treatment of animals.

By definition, leather is already a by-product referred to as “waste material”, which we are recycling for further use as a design object, a piece of furniture or as part of an interior. In doing so, we are giving the leather a second life – which we hope will last for many generations to come.

Environmental Policy

As a leading supplier of leather to the designer furniture industry, we are highly committed to meeting and maintaining the strict environmental industry requirements. We also go to great lengths to promote the production of top quality leather in the most environmentally friendly way possible. 



At Sørensen Leather, we partner exclusively with producers who are compliant with all the necessary regulations from the EU as well as the local legislation per country. Our suppliers’ commitment to the environment means that they keep us regularly up-to-date on new techniques in leather research and development.

We require all our producers to have certifiable proof of their compliance with the proper standards of environmental management systems. This is reflected in their ISO 14001 or ISO 9001 certificate, or their LWG (Leather Working Group) environmental certification from the BLC Leather Technology Centre. The BLC covers standards, procedures and inspections regarding limitations on the use of certain hazardous substances in accordance with local and international environmental safety requirements.

Additionally, we only choose to collaborate with the most renowned, trusted tanneries in the world. Tanneries have their own environmentally-friendly treatment plants, recycling systems and modern dosage techniques – all according to the standards and requirements set forth by the EU and their local authorities, who perform inspections on a regular basis to ensure that the tanneries maintain quality standards at all times.

Furthermore, 90% of the hides we source are of European origin, so there is limited transport time to the tanneries. This helps conserve fuel costs and their related effect on the environment

We place great importance on the ethical treatment of animals. To this end, we make sure that the raw hides only come from approved abattoirs where the handling and treatment of cattle is in strict compliance with the standards set forth for animal welfare and hygiene. It is actually in everyone’s best interest that the animals live a healthy life, as this is ultimately reflected in the quality of the hides, as well.