What is Vegetable Tanned Leather?
Leather is one of the oldest natural materials that already our ancestors appreciated. They made clothing and blankets all from the hides of their hunted animals. Since leather is a perishable material, people started early on to develop appropriate methods to stabilise the raw animal hides, and make them more durable. This process is called tanning.
There are several different ways to tan leather, but not all of them are health and environment friendly, due to the chemicals that are used.
Chrome-tanning, which is the most commonly used process, because it is fast and effective. However, chromium salts are used which are known to be carcinogenic, indestructible and persistent, in turn making this harmful to human health and the environment. It is utilized in 85% of global leather production, which means that in most instances leather is no longer a natural product.
Aldehyde-tanning is advertised as the "chromium-free" method and mainly used in the automotive, clothing and footwear industry. The formaldehyde, base chemical in this process, is dangerous, and the toxicity of the resulting leather should be closely controlled, which does not always happen when the industry is rushing for expedient results.
Vegetable tanning is truly "chromium free" and does not use the harmful chemicals found in the alternative methods. It is an old-world, artisanal process that takes advantage from the tannic acids naturally found in some plant species, by using the barks, branches, leaves and even some fruits in some specific techniques. The natural appearance before painted, has a slightly brownish shade over a beige color, with a natural, woody and earthy smell. Vegetable tanning is to process the hides in a pure and natural way without using harmful chemicals. The process is used in order to stabilize the skins and be able to process the resulting leather. The actual tanning process takes between one and three months. This process could be accelerated with the addition of synthetic tanning agents, but this is ineligible for purely vegetable leather products.
Sustainability is a principle component in the crafting of our bags. The uniqueness and versatility of vegetable tanning allow for a PREMIUM QUALITY product. GetSituated is taking responsibility for what is added to the environment. In this case, a product that will last a lifetime will render the whole tanning process as useful and efficient. As a result, the production and the purchase of goods made from this material are our long-term investment.
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