SO, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Vegetable-tanned leatheris tanned using natural tannins (which can be found in grape skin and give dark red color). Extracted from vegetable matter, such as tree bark prepared in bark mills (It gives a brown in color). The exact shade depends on the mix of materials and the color of the skin. This process can take up to 8 weeks to complete the tanning process and it’s well worth the wait. Vegetable-tanned leather is steeped in tradition that people have been doing for thousands of years!
Chrome tanned leatheris made by using chemicals, acids, and salts (including chromium sulfate) to dye the hide. It’s a very quick process that takes almost a day to produce a piece of tanned leather. Chrome tanned leather is softer and weaker than vegetable-tanned leather. This type of leather is much cheaper and is also more harmful to the environment. That’s something we can’t get behind.
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
These days, more than about 90% of the world’s leathers are chrome tanned – partly due to the lower cost. Vegetable-tanned leather continues to be associated with tradition and craft, but relatively few tanneries today can produce vegetable-tanned leather. So, it is important to keep this craft alive and give. The time and skills involved in this production make it an expensive material, reducing its demand. Vegetable–tanned leathers are generally biodegradable because it is made of organic products.
For trying to be an environmentally friendly brand as much as we can, we of course choose the most natural and more organic material that we find.
So, If You can choose – choose responsibly!
We can’t express enough how grateful we were able to create this business and it’s all because of you.