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Glossary

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Term Definition
Lastometer Ball burst test performed to confirm the surface grain will not crack during shoe manufacturing processes.
Leather The official and recognised definition of leather: hide or skin with its original fibrous structure more or less intact, tanned to be imputrescible, where the hair or wool may or may not have been removed.
Leather Board It is also known as bonded leather. It is often used in shoes (in-between soles) or to give body to a bag.
Leather Working Group, LWG

A not-for-profit organization responsible for the world's leading environmental certification for the leather manufacturing industry.

 

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Life Cycle Assessment, LCA A compilation and evaluation of the input, outputs and the potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its entire life cycle – from cradle to grave. LCA is then broken down into 9 impact categories: climate change, abiotic depletion, land use, water consumption, eutrophication, acidification, toxicity, photochemical ozone formation and ozone depletion.
Light Fastness Test performed to measure amount of leather color change in direct UV light.
Liming The process to remove the hair from the hide and prepare it for the tanning process.
Low Impact To the Environment, LITE

Low Impact To the Environment (LITE) concept started with a vision of ISA and the requirements from brands to offer environmentally friendly materials. LITE was born to provide ISA's customers with the knowledge of carbon footprint and water usage for each of the leathers ISA created; giving customers the ability to choose the product that is the most environmentally-friendly, and with the lowest footprint. The LITE system is fully integrated into ISA's manufacturing process, which is specially designed to reduce and control water and energy usage, as well as to reduce the amount of chemicals ISA uses in the process. The effort ISA makes is consistently minimizing their impact to the environment.

 

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