Finding vegetable tanned leather is no easy feet in today’s market. Many tanneries and leather companies are cutting corners by using chemical tanned leathers. Chemical tanning also takes much less time than the slow age old process of vegetable tanning, allowing producers to make more product at a quicker rate. Chemical tanning is also not eco-friendly, and requires many companies to claim high pollution credits when they discard their leftovers. So I suppose here in itself is the main reason why Italy’s Tuscany region is the leather capital of the world. It boasts one of the world’s last Vegetable Tanned Consortium.
The consortium was originally made up of 11 tanneries whose mission was to revive the art of vegetable tanning. The effort snowballed into a Tuscan wide movement. The original consortium is now affiliated with 23 other vegetable certified tanneries, one of which Pierotucci is proud to be associated with. These tanneries have a corner on the market for vegetable tanned leather for the singular reason that they are the last tanneries who have searched out experienced artisans, and have helped trained new generations of tanners.
Vegetable tanned leather, aside from being eco-friendly, also creates types of tones rich in color with the all natural smell that leather fans die for. The leather is also dyed in its entirety, ensuring that every hide’s color will last a lifetime. No fading or chemical top sprays here!
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