Q: Why Leather?
Leather started as a by-product of farm-raised food animals. In order to reduce waste produced and provide consumers with long-lasting and natural sources of materials, tanneries began to transform animal hides into useable leather.
Unlike various mammoths in the fashion industry, who utilize plastics (PU or PVC-coated canvas) in the majority of their handbags, leather-use is a much better option for the environment. Manmade chemicals utilized to make PU/PVC are highly energy-consuming, toxic, and disputably unhealthy for the wearer.
Substances used to transform a hide into leather may range from vegetable/root extracts to a more controversial chromium sulfate. Any of the Chromium sulfate waste product, however, can be reappropriated and turned into fertilizer.