We only use vegetable-tanned leather for our leather products , but why are we doing this?
WHAT IS VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER?
Vegetable tanned leather is tanned using purely natural tanning agents, including oak, birch or spruce bark. Due to the time saved in the tanning process, however, 90% of the leather used today is NOT vegetable but chrome-tanned.
However, tanning with chromium salts produces toxic waste water and damages the health of the workers who (have to) tan the leather.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VEGETABLED LEATHER?
- It is kind to the environment – since no toxic wastewater is created during production. In addition, natural, renewable raw materials are used for tanning.
- It's kind to the skin - In chrome tanning, on the other hand, toxic chemicals are used, which can cause skin rashes and allergic reactions even after tanning.
- It's more durable - Due to the gentle vegetable tanning, the fiber structure is retained and oils and fats are better stored. As a result, the leather dries out less and is easier to care for.
- It develops a patina - Only vegetable tanned leather develops a patina with use, a deep, multi-faceted color profile, which makes each product unique.
- It has a unique smell - it is reminiscent of wood and nature and is 100% natural.
- It is biodegradable - Due to the vegetable tanning agents, the leather remains a purely natural product, which can be returned to the natural cycle without hesitation.