Leather is an extremely valuable material that, unfortunately, is often put in a bad light.
In this case, the accusations that fuel the negative thesis are the most varied: “animals are killed to use leather, the tanning process is polluting, it is unethical to use real leather”, and so on.
Contrary to these statements, however, the leather turns out to be a waste of the food industry, waste that should be disposed of in any case. Without tanning, therefore, it would be necessary to burn or dispose of in landfills, i.e. bury, the entire amount of leather obtained: both practices are known to be among the most polluting and therefore counterproductive for the good of the environment.
Moreover, over the years, the beef and dairy cattle sector has not experienced any particular downturn in production, while the tanning sector has been very unstable. This reinforces the fact that he two phenomena are not linked and that the needs of tanning do not affect the primary sector.
It is also important to know that the tanning process is undergoing strong innovations and controls: the products used are getting better and better in order to have less environmental impact and the chemical analysis made on tanning processes are getting stricter and stricter in order to help nature even more. In the process of tanning, all the waste is sent to a centralized plant inside the tannery where a first chemical-physical treatment is carried out, and then it flows into the biological plant of the municipality that carries out a further cleaning.
It is for this reason that leather acquires an added value: not only does it aesthetically infuse value to the appearance and to the touch it gives a pleasant and enveloping experience, but it also helps to reuse material that would otherwise be harmful to the environment; and these are just some of the many advantages of real leather.
Are you interested in this topic? You can find several insights here, both on what characteristics allow you to distinguish real leather, how to apply a cleaning that doesn't damage it and maintains its characteristics over time, and how the process of working with leather in an environmentally sustainable way works.
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