Since 2013, we have been using leather alternatives for our CM® belts. The materials are made from polyester and polyurethane. This reduces the amount of petroleum we use in our products.
We are also switched our polyurethanes to water-borne and solvent-free polyurethanes. As well as being less energy and water intensive, they are made without solvents and therefore much safer for people to work with.
Our decision to not use leather has enabled us to reduce our environmental impact. However, we do acknowledge that the synthetic alternatives we use are not without environmental concerns. The EP&L (Environmental Profit and Loss) has shown us that the majority of the impact associated with synthetic fibres is due to processing oil into yarn. We are working to reduce the impact of our alternative materials by using recycled and bio-based materials.