Muirhead joins Green Cabin Alliance

  • Muirhead joins cross-industry group to help decarbonise aircraft cabins
  • The global market leader for aviation leather is a welcome addition to the Alliance
  • The world’s lowest carbon intensity leather is manufactured with a 100% circular process

Muirhead, a trusted supplier of Fine Scottish Leather to some of the world’s most respected airlines and seat manufacturers, has joined the Green Cabin Alliance (GCA) to reaffirm its commitment to creating the world’s lowest carbon leather.

Muirhead, part of the Scottish Leather Group, operates a unique, cutting-edge circular process for leather manufacture – incorporating energy recovery, water recycling, renewable energy, and locally sourced traceable hides.

Dr Warren Bowden, Head of Sustainability and Innovation, Scottish Leather Group, said: “We’re proud to be the global leader in responsible leather production, and so we look forward to taking concrete steps towards the decarbonisation of aircraft cabins – and working with respected industry partners who share our commitment to lower-carbon and naturally sustainable materials in cabin design.

“As a by-product of the food industry, real leather is naturally sustainable – and so is our business. Thanks to our innovative manufacturing processes, we’ve created the world’s lowest carbon intensity leather, backed by rigorous analysis. Working with our Green Cabin Alliance partners, we encourage the cabin design and manufacturing sector to ramp up their carbon footprint reporting and take full-life emissions into account.”

Elina Kopola, Founding Director of the Green Cabin Alliance, said:
The Green Cabin Alliance is excited to welcome new member Muirhead, a globally renowned supplier of leather materials for cabin and other applications, to our growing group of organisations who are placing sustainability high on their agendas. The GCA looks forward to collaborating with Muirhead in addressing the challenge of creating more sustainable, resilient supply chains in our industry. We hope that our relationship with Muirhead will help us to advance the overall aims of the GCA, by leveraging their knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm when it comes to sustainability.”

Trusted by more than 160 airlines and manufacturers globally, Muirhead’s high-performance aviation leather is a 100% circular product. The group’s significant investments in circular manufacturing have enabled it to minimise waste to landfill and radically reduce its carbon footprint – from farm to cut material and seat covers.

The process involves a patented thermal energy plant that generates heat from waste to power the tannery, sourcing and recycling water from its very own loch, and a pioneering 'Take-Back Scheme' for end-of-life leather products.

Besides joining the GCA, Muirhead and Scottish Leather Group are committed to the UN Global Compact and measure their sustainability performance against all 17 Sustainability Development Goals. The group has been awarded Gold standard by the Leather Working Group and achieved an overall score of 95%, with 100% on traceability.

Discover more about our sustainability journey and commitments.