HOW IS SUSTAINABLE LEATHER MADE?
The process of making sustainable leather prioritizes ethical & environmental considerations throughout the entire process: sourcing, production, and stitching.
Sourcing Sustainable Materials
Instead of using hides from mass-farmed animals, sustainable leather originates from small, regenerative farms that value animal welfare and biodiversity. The animals are raised as they normally would be, and the leather is a byproduct of the meat industry that’s already taking place on a local level – no part of the animal goes to waste.
We work exclusively with local farmers to ensure all animals are treated fairly and that the farmers themselves are running clean, safe and fair farm facilities. By doing this, we're able to ensure that your 100% leather product is not only sustainable, but the highest quality available.
Conventional tanning methods use toxic chemicals, like chromium salts, to stabilize the leather and make it usable for leather goods. But these types of tanneries and chemicals pose massive health & environmental risks to workers, consumers, and the planet, even being labeled as a carcinogen in some cases.
But sustainable leather production opts for more eco-friendly tanning methods that utilize recycled water & organic compounds to achieve the same result by hand. These processes have a much lower environmental impact and are safer for workers & consumers.
After processing, leather is stitched into handbags and other leather goods. In many cases, the workers in these sewing factories are subject to unsafe conditions, low wages, and long hours. But aligned with our commitment to sustainability, each artisan is compensated & treated fairly, resulting in a higher quality of life for everyone involved.