Vegetable Tanned Leather
What is vegetable tanned leather?
Vegetable tanning is an ecological alternative to chrome dyeing. Vegetable tanned leather is a product that derives from ancient traditions and techniques from around 800 BC, in Tuscany Italy.
The vegetable tanned leather production involves the use of tannins derived from trees or flowers, natural extracts derived exclusively from vegetable sources such as chestnut and quebracho wood, gall nuts, rhubarb, pomegranate, raspberries, cranberries or tara pods. The tanning process does not uses any harmful chrome dyes.
What are vegetable tanned leather properties?
Vegetable tanned leather has a beautiful natural quality and colour. The natural dyeing process creates a warm and natural colour which over time ages but does not deteriorate and makes the surface emerge natural signs of leather enhancing its quality.
How durable is vegetable tanned leather?
Vegetable tanned leather is a beautiful material that will last for generations.
What makes vegetable tanned leather sustainable?
Vegetable tanning is a natural traditional process that respects the animal and the environment. The processing is carried out without the use of toxic substances, chemicals or heavy metals. No animal is killed for the sole purpose of using its skin or for the tanning process.
Leather tanneries that are certified by the Italian Consortium of Leather Tanneries have a responsibility to recover, reuse and recycle their waste. For the tanners, it’s imperative that the ancient craft remains as friendly to the earth as it possibly can. Huge investments are made into recycling and depuration systems to ensure high sustainability throughout the tanning process. Fibres removed from the hides are recycled to make agricultural fertiliser and waste from the depuration process is recycled to create bricks for the construction industry.