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A few lines on the subject of leather

Vegetable tanned leather

We only use pure vegetable tanned leather (also vegetable tanned leather) for the production of our leather furniture, because it is much gentler on the environment and safe for the processor and the consumer. It leaves no toxins in the finished leather product. Actually, you don't need any poison or chemicals to tan leather. It's just that vegetable tanning is much more lengthy and therefore more expensive than chemical tanning. Vegetable leather is tanned with various tanning agents obtained from oak bark, rhubarb roots, mimosa bark, quebracho wood or tara pods. We make sure that sustainable, renewable tanning agents are used.

Leather is an animal skin made chemically durable through tanning

Mineral chrome tanned leather

Most cheap leather from industrial mass production, on the other hand, comes from Asia and is mostly tanned and treated with toxic chemicals. Effective environmental and occupational health and safety standards are virtually non-existent there. The tanning process alone can release enormous amounts of toxins: So-called chromium III salts are usually used for tanning. The chrome tanning process often releases harmful salts together with dissolved heavy metals into the environment via waste water - and into the bodies of unprotected workers.Chrome III salts can also trigger allergies in its wearers in the finished leather product. Under certain conditions, the much more toxic chromium VI compounds can also form in the leather - these have a high allergy potential and are considered carcinogenic.

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