Jet gets SHALC blessing to label ‘bonded leather’ as leather
JOHANNESBURG (SA) – A dispute over leather labeling between Edcon Discount Division’s Jet Stores and the Skins, Hides & Leather Council, ended with Jet agreeing to label according to leather ‘type’ – full grain, split leather, laminated leather or bonded leather, following a proposal by Manie Booysen, the representative of SHALC.
Booysen said the Jet team – headed by then executive manager footwear, Nick Hayden – had been “knowledgeable and co-operative”. He said SHALC had suggested the leather ‘types’, and that it had suggested to Jet that the labels should explain what each type actually was, and how to care for them. He acknowledged that the agreement effectively classified ‘bonded leather’ as a ‘leather type’ – a position not held by the International Council of Tanners, for example. Bonded leather is made from leather scrap, ground up and mixed with bonding agents. “Each supplier will stand up for his product,” Booysen said. Hayden has since left Jet.
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