Recycled Leather


It`s unique patented process employs high-pressure water jets to force the recycled leather fibres through an integral textile reinforcement core. It`s a process that has major environmental advantages over conventional bonded leather, as it uses no chemicals (no adhesives, no resins ).Its process is a continuous closed-looped system with 95% of water recycled. It is a clean technology product using sustainable natural leather fibers and 100% zero carbon electricity in its production process.

No two leather hides are ever same and its the inconsistency of the material that causes so much of it to be destined for landfill sites.We reduce that problem by continuously recycling tonnes of leather hides.Each roll of our recycled leather is made up to 50% more genuine leather composition and so far we`ve recycled enough of it to make more than 40 million pairs of shoes.

Personally, or professionally – we’re all doing what we can to reduce our carbon footprint. Our factories have been designed from the ground up with sustainability in mind. The result is over 60% lower CO2 emissions comparing ELFA recycled leather to traditional leather. Since production began, we’ve saved enough CO2 to offset powering 40,000 homes for a whole year.

There’s no doubt that nature’s resources are limited. Over-consumption is taking its toll on our planet. Our resource-efficient production saves 50% more natural resources such as land and water. The water saving alone (by repurposing 99% of water used in the process) is enough to fill 20,000 Olympic size swimming pools.recycled bonded leather

We create what people want and what the planet deserves.


Experience the luxury of recycled leather with a clear conscience

Our commitment to sustainability ,to minimise our carbon footprint and help brands achieve their environmental goals.We focus on three key areas.Including increasing recycled content,lowering carbon emissions , preserving the Earth`s scarce natural resources.

We are the original innovators of sustainable recycled leather and have been offering a solution to a huge waste problem for over twenty years.Thousands of tonnes of leather goes unused and is often destined for landfill.We transform that waste into materials with stand-out performance and significant environmental benefits.

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How it`s made ?


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Step 1: The Base materials of ELFA Leather is leather shavings and trimmings.

Step 2: Leather shavings and trimmings undergo a fiberisation process which shreds and upgrades them into fine usable fibres .

Step 3: Leather fibers are formed into two layers on both sides of a micro textile core.They are fastened with high pressure water jets rather than chemical adhesives.

Step 4: After color impergnation ,a pu finish coats the leather and a release paper template gives the surface a leather effect grain.

Step 5: After final inspection and quality assurance it is ready to be rolled . On a roll the leather is more functional to use and will produce less cuttings and wastages in the further use .

Our commitment to sustainability ,to minimise our carbon footprint and help brands achieve their environmental goals.We focus on three key areas.Including increasing recycled content,lowering carbon emissions , preserving the Earth`s scarce natural resources

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Our commitment to sustainability ,to minimise our carbon footprint and help brands achieve their environmental goals.We focus on three key areas.Including increasing recycled content,lowering carbon emissions , preserving the Earth`s scarce natural resources

The Alternative To Traditional Leather

( Recycled Leather )

Traditional leather is being rivalled by manmade alternatives. The latest in this new generation is recycled leather.

Made from discarded ‘wet blue’ leather off-cuts that normally end up in landfill, recycled leather saves needless waste. Plus it’s available to cut from the roll. So Unlike leather hides there’s minimal wastage and, of course, lower material costs. Not all recycled leathers are the same…

Recycled leather comes in numerous forms. Most rely on adhesives and resins to bond the leather fibres together to form the material. However, recycled leather from ELFA leather is different. The ELFA leather patented process uses no chemicals and resins whatsoever but just water alone. With its strong eco credentials, high performance and low cutting wastage, recycled leather from ELFA leather enterprise is fast becoming the material of choice for the footwear, leather goods, upholstery and transport sectors.

Why use recycled leather as an alternative to traditional leather?

Recycled leather has all the natural benefits of traditional leather plus it is more eco-friendly, saves wastage, is lighter (for less fuel consumption), more durable, both cheaper and easier to keep clean and can be relied on for consistency of colour and texture. For Example as below :


1 tonne of leather….

….generates only about 255kg of finished, tanned leather…

…the remainder….¾ of the tonne is waste.

It takes approximately 4 leather hides to furnish the interior of 1 car


Trimmings and shavings (the raw material of composition leather) accounts for around 30% of a tannery’s waste.



ELFA Recycled Leather VS Traditional Leather Hides

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Leather hides(at widest point): 914.4mm


Less wastage,more cost effective

Cut from rolls 1400mm wide.Length is long

Can be prone to cracking ,tearing and

puncturing, especially split leather

Resistant to cracking,tearing and puncturing

Its unique core reinforment textile provides

high performance,improving its quality and


Prone to scuffs and scratches. More durable – Scuff and scratch resistant

thanks to an easy to keep clean pu coating.

Weight disadvantage, particularly to

transportation applications.

Up to 50% lighter – Helping transport

Companies save on fuel consumption and

reduce their carbon footprint.

Inconsistent texture – Made from hides which

can be looser and more stretchable in the

Belly and flank areas and relatively tight

Across the backbone.

Uniform texture – Made from leather fibers

and given an artificial pattern for a consistent

Flawless finish and feel.

Inconsistent Shade – Each hide is different

and has a unique grain texture.This results in

the dyes and finishes penetrating the grain in

Varying degrees.

Uniform shade – Made from leather fibers

pigmented for a consistent flawless color.

Can be fairly rigid limiting applications More flexible and easier to sew.
Cleaning detergents and leather restorative

products needed as well as the associated

time and costs.

Wipe clean with a damp cloth – No chemical

cleaners or costly cleaning maintenance

Needed to continually look good.

Leather is expensive,pricing itself out of

Large-scale upholstery applications in


Recycled Leather is a better value

alternative to traditional leather

Why Recycled leather can be better than traditional leather?


Recycled leather outperforms traditional leather in several key areas.


Compared with Traditional Leather hides , price is more competitive .

Environmentally friendly

Made from discarded wet blue leather off-cuts that normally end up in landfill ,together with high pressure water jets to force the natural leather fibers through an integral textile reinformancement core.It is a clean eco-friendly material ,no chemicals (no adhesives ,no resins), what`s more ,to reduce the pollution of wet blue leather hides` cuttings and trimmings to environment.

Higher Cutting Yield

More cost efficient for many applications, cut from a roll not from hides for less wastage and reduced costs ( Recycled leather is supplied in rolls resulting in only 5% cutting wastage compared to up to 40% wastage for leather hides .)

Safety Fire Proof standards

Excellent flame retardancy endorsed by British and European fire and safety standards.

Better for product consistency

Manufactured from leather fibres so unlike leather hides has no natural defects and results in minimal batch-to-batch variation for a flawless finish.

Customisable design options

Bespoke colours are available plus various grains and the ability to emboss with company or brand logos.

Significant fuel savings

Up to 50% lighter than traditional leather, recycled leather is critical in helping transport applications to lower emissions, fuel consumption and reduce their carbon footprint.

Reduces landfill costs

Less wastage reduces landfill levies

High durability

Recycled leather`s reinforced textile core enables the leather to resist tearing and gives it greater elasticity. Ideal for heavy use applications from passenger seating to handbags and wallets.

Easy care

Simply wipes clean with a dampened cloth, thereby avoiding the need for costly cleaning products and maintenance.

Protect Animals

To reduce the killing of animals ,conforming to the policy of Animal Protection Countries and Organization.

Who is ELFA Leather ?

ELFA Leather is THE sustainable recycled leather for brands that want beautiful, high-performance materials made responsibly.

ELFA LEATHER is located in the ancient town of Wuxi city—-Changjing, east of Xizhang Expressway, south of Huning Expressway and Shanghai Airport,the traffic is very convenient.

We mainly produce a new sustainable recycled leather alternative to traditional leather in China since 2009.It is made from discarded wet blue leather off-cuts and synthetic fibers from bottles that normally end up in the landfill .It`s unique patented process employs high pressure water jets to force the recyclable leather fibers through an integral textile reinforcement core in a continuous closd-looped system with 100% of water recycled. It is a clean technology product using sustainable natural leather fibers and synthetic fibers, to save natural resources,to lower carbon emissions and to protect our planet.

We create what people want and what the planet deserves.We are the people behind the sustainable recycled leather alternative.We are on the way of social development of recycling and reusing all materials, saving scarce water resources, lowering carbon emissions and protecting the environment.We obtain the GRS certification, fully connecting with the international market, applying the TC certificate for customers timely, in line with the foreign customer to the material traceability request. The company’s GRS series of products including recycled leather base,coated base,and finished recycled leather ( R-Leather), obtained a number of patent technical certificates, fully reflect the sweat and wisdom of production and R & D personnel.We have established a good cooperative relationship with NK, ASICS, PUMA, KAPPA, DECKERS, CAT, KUKA, CLARKS, K-Swiss, UGG, CAMPER, BALENCIAGA, ZARA, ARMANI , ect .

We never ignore the development of our empolyees in future and personal safety during the production.Every month we need to have a meeting together to summarize working plan for next month. Every season we need to do one time fire drill to strengthen our workers safety awareness.Every year we attend some exhibitions to promote our smart product recycled leather to clients.Meanwhile, it also provides more space for employees to show their talents.

In a word,we are proud of ourselves for doing some recycling products and in line with the development trend of human society.We are all working hard to protect the only planet we own. We believe that it will be better in future. Come on ! Elfa Leather !

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Recycled Leather Experts

Made from recycled leather off-cuts, it`s the best performing, eco-friendly and economical alternative to leather on the market today. And unsurprisingly, its use is widespread and growing. Driving its worldwide success is pioneer and leading expert in the field ELFA leather.


The company operates from its production plant in Wuxi CN, where it exports its Products to Asia, United States, Europe, Taiwan, India, and internationally.Leading international brands and companies use recycled leather from ELFA Leather .

Its groundbreaking recycled leather alternative has already found its way into the interior upholstery of major airline fleets, and many bus and coach operators. The unique material has been adopted by leading retail brands for footwear, as well as establishing itself as the eco-friendly material of choice for leather goods and both domestic and commercial upholstery.

ELFA Leather ECOLOGICALLY SOUND clean tech manufactureEvery part of ELFA Leather`s production is set out to minimise resources. From sustainable sourcing through to closed loop manufacturing and waste reduction during cut and sew operations.

ELFA Leather`s unique patented process employs high-pressure water jets to force the recycled leather fibres through an integral textile reinforcement core.It`s a process that has major environmental advantages over conventional bonded leather, as it uses no chemicals. Its process is a continuous closed-looped system with 95% of water recycled.

ELFA Leather is available to cut from a roll 1.4m wide (55″), significantly saving on wastage compared to hides. With its automated stack cutting ELFA Leather also provides faster processing with up to 90% cutting yields. ELFA Leather allows for bespoke production. Its methods are able to be adapted to the specific performance requirements of each industry sector and the precise user application: whether it is hand sewing by highly skilled operatives, computer controlled multi-layer cutting or highly automated manufacture.


Leather and the Environment

Waste not, want not

The leather industry as a whole is responsible for generating huge amounts of waste as a by-product of its production. Take a tonne weight of hide, for instance, used to produce traditional leather.One ton generates up to 255kg of finished, tanned leather but almost three-quarters of a tonne is classed as waste. Meanwhile, harmful oil-based chemicals are used in the creation of bonded leather. However there is a corner of the industry that is geared to forging a more ecologically responsible method of leather production at every stage.

Recycled leather:

Saving waste and resources every step of the way

A leading supplier of recycled leather, ELFA Leather , has pioneered an environmentally friendly leather fibre material that has already made its way into many everyday products and applications, from airline seats to shoes. It takes off-cuts, shavings and trimmings, which are usually discarded by tanneries and would otherwise go to landfill, and recycles them to make its composition leather, ELFA Leather.

No chemicals needed

Another crucial difference between these methods and those employed by manufacturers of conventional bonded leather is that no chemicals are used whatsoever in the process of bonding the leather fibres together to form a sheet of material. Just use water alone.

Using a high-pressure water jet process has major environmental advantages. The supplier`s carbon footprint is dramatically reduced as a result because there are no oil-based adhesives present in the process. ELFA Leather, for instance, produces no harmful wastewaters in the manufacture of its composition leather. Their process is a continuous closed-looped system, with 95% of all water produced used in production being recycled.

Saving energy

In addition, product emissions at the ELFA Leather,plant in the form of solvents are thermally oxidated and the energy generated fed back into the manufacturing process. Its thermal oxidiser has cut natural gas use by between 50-70%.What all of this means for many leading companies is that the production methods of composition leather manufacturers such as ELFA Leather are able to be perfectly aligned with their own eco initiatives in cutting waste and reducing their carbon footprint.

Summary of composition leather’s eco advantages

Up to 50% less CO2 emissions

Up to 95% recycled water in process

Up to 50%-70% natural gas usage

Less landfill

No adhesives in textile core

Cuts waste Highly durable Uniform finish Easy care Extensive design options Environmentally friendly