Leather

Durable and flexible material created by tanning animal skins / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Leather is a strong, flexible and durable material obtained from the tanning, or chemical treatment, of animal skins and hides to prevent decay. The most common leathers come from cattle, sheep, goats, equine animals, buffalo, pigs and hogs, and aquatic animals such as seals and alligators.[1][2]

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A variety of leather products and leather-working tools

Leather can be used to make a variety of items, including clothing, footwear, handbags, furniture, tools and sports equipment, and lasts for decades. Leather making has been practiced for more than 7,000 years and the leading producers of leather today are China and India.[1][2][3]

Critics of tanneries claim that they engage in unsustainable practices that pose health hazards to the people and the environment near them.[4]

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