Circular economy practices in the leather industry: A practical step towards sustainable development

Md Abdul Moktadir, Hadi Badri Ahmadi, Razia Sultana, Fatema Tuj Zohra, James J.H. Liou, Jafar Rezaei

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The concept of circular economy (CE), a recent popular global business trend, considerably minimizes waste and environmental pollution. However, studies exploring CE practices in the context of leather industry have been scant. To deal with this issue, this paper proposes a decision support framework for evaluating the challenges to CE practices in the context of leather industry. Best worst method, a generic decision support tool, is employed in the assessment process. The study findings reveal that “lack of financial support from authorities” is assigned the highest weight in the final ranking results. This indicates that the lack of financial facility poses a major challenge to the successful implementation of CE practices. The findings can assist industrial managers and authorities in taking the required actions to implement CE practices in the leather industry for the sustainable development of the leather sector.

Original languageEnglish
Article number119737
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Best worst method
  • Circular economy
  • Leather industry
  • Waste management
  • Waste minimization


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