In a statement that might incense vegans, a global group of automotive leather manufacturers and suppliers called One 4 Leather says cowhide car interiors are benefiting the planet.

The group claims that if the automotive industry stopped using leather altogether, 35-million hides would go to landfill. This would emit an extra 644-million kilograms of CO2 equivalent annually, the same as driving an average internal combustion engine car 6.4-billion kilometres...

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