Frequently Asked Questions

What is bonded leather?

Bonded leather is recycled leather fibers. The leather fibers all come from cow hides.

In the tannery where leather is made, cattle hides are brought to a specific thickness by shaving the back side (suede side) of the hide. The fibers shaved off the hide are used to make bonded leather. These waste cowhide fibers generally go to a land fill if not used to make bonded leather.

The leather fibers are bonded in our factory primarily with natural latex. The natural latex is a renewable resource derived from Heavea trees without harming the trees. The bonded leather is tanned and finished like our cowhide genuine leather.

Bonded leather may be called Bonded Leather Fibers or Recycled Leather Fibers. International standards require a minimum of 50% leather fibers to be called bonded leather. Cromwell bonded leather has a minimum of 75% leather fibers with 25% non-leather substances, including binders, tanning oils, resins, dyes and pigments.

By using bonded leather, we are recycling (or upcycling) tannery waste fibers. Cromwell recycles between three and five tons of waste leather fibers per day.
We and our customers reduce land fill waste and contribute to sustainability with each bonded leather product used.

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Is bonded leather environmentally friendly?

Cromwell bonded leather is environmentally friendly. It is recycled leather fibers made from tannery waste that would otherwise go to a land fill. In the tannery where leather is made, cattle hides are brought to a specific thickness by shaving the back side of the hide. The fibers shaved off the hide are used to make bonded leather.

By making bonded leather, we are recycling (or upcycling) tannery waste fibers. Cromwell recycles between three and five tons of leather fibers per day.

We and our customers reduce land fill waste and contribute to sustainability with each bonded leather product used.

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What is your material suitable for?

Bonded leather is suitable for a number of different applications.

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What is the minimum order quantity and how fast will my order ship?

For in-stock items, Cromwell’s minimum order quantity is 50 linear yards (45.5 linear meters) with a standard lead-time for shipping within 1 week from receipt of purchase order (pending availability).

For custom production, our minimum order quantity is 300 linear yards (275 linear meters) with a standard lead-time of approximately 2-4 weeks from receipt of purchase order plus transit time.

Contact our team to learn more about our minimum order quantity.

What thicknesses of bonded leather are available?

Cromwell maintains a large in stock inventory in 0.35mm and 0.6mm in three locations (Hong Kong, Spain and the United States). We also keep a variety of items in stock in thicknesses ranging from 1.2 to 2.1mm thickness in our factory in Spain. Cromwell has the capability to custom produce thicknesses from 0.25mm up to 2.1mm.

Contact us today if you are looking for a specific thickness for your project.

What certifications does Cromwell Leather have for their materials?

Cromwell takes compliance very seriously. We have a very in-depth testing process to ensure the quality of our materials remain high. We constantly follow industry standards to remain in compliance with various international standards.

Click here to visit our environmental page with a list of our certifications.

Do you have a distributor or reseller in my area?

Cromwell works with distributors in many various locations. Contact us today with your region and we will let you know how you can best purchase Cromwell Bonded Leather.

How is your material provided (for example – rolls? Sheets? Cut pieces?)?

Cromwell provides its bonded leather in rolls from stock. We have the capability to sheet the length of the material for an additional cost. For Bonded Leather, we do not offer the material cut down to size.

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