Materials recycled weekly in Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township include newspapers and magazines, junk mail, office paper, phone books, cereal boxes, cans, glass and plastic. Can leather be far behind?
A New Jersey company, Eastern Textiles, on Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2008) said it began selling a line of recycled leather goods to interior design firms, furniture manufacturers and other producers with leather needs.
Eastern’s Organics brand is made from post-industrial leather material – like trimmings from a shoe maker – and reportedly is stronger than traditional leather. It comes in 10 different colors: black, white, two shades of red, and six light-to-dark browns. Organics is available only through authorized distributors and not to the general public … yet. Depending on the firm’s success, though, you could be sitting on a sofa covered with its reused rawhide sometime in the future.