• Purna Kulkarni

why 'upcycled' leather

Leather industry has been characterized as one of the highly polluting industries and also generates large amount of leather wastes that can have adverse impact on the environment. These industries produces solid organic wastes in the form of un-tanned (trimmings , fleshings, splits) and tanned (trimmings, splits and shavings) waste from raw hides and skins, semi-processed leather, as well as sludge as a result of wastewater treatment. If these solid wastes are not properly treated and disposed of, they can cause environmental damage to soil and groundwater as well as emissions of odor and poisonous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

When no solution can be applied for solid wastes, the manufacturer has to consider landfilling. In most developed countries, landfilling is now considered as the last solution, which should be applied to a small amount of wastes. Now regulations generally require controlled landfilling which means that the emissions of the landfill must controlled and treated before being discharged to the environment.

This generated leather waste disposed into the landfills, which takes long time to decompose and creates environmental pollution. To reduce the elimination of waste and using all the resources appropriately process of upcycling is very necessary.

Upcycling is a way to transform old things and turn them into something new without breaking the product down into its raw materials. ‘Upcycling’, a particular form of recycling, involves turning waste material or an unwanted product into a better-quality product. Various useful materials can be recreated from these wastes by innovative designing and processing

Depending upon how it is processed, leather has the potential to have a significant environmental impact, or it can be a smart sustainable choice. Of course, we can’t ignore the ethical considerations of using animal hide for our lifestyle products, but neither can ignore the environmental harm associated with conventional vegan leather (PVC). But PVC vegan leather will never be a sustainable choice.

Hence we believe in upcycling the solid leather wastage which is available from the leather manufacturing industries and help save the environment by taking this small step. The leather used in our products is all scrapped leather parts which we upcycle to give the product a clean finished look and also you don’t have to worry about harming the nature as it’s completely bio degradable.

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