The tanning techniques date back to pre-historic times.
It evolved to become a complex industry, highly specialized and forced to adapt and become one of the most environmentally friendly types of industries in the world.
Our partner suppliers combine a unique blend of long heritage and specialization. Two of our most important partners are over 100 years in operation.
Specialization leads to a deep know-how of the peculiarities of each product, QC and market needs.
Color matching for instance, is key to upholstery production, since the matching with splits or vinyl is critical and tackled with technology and methodology of automotive grade.
Use of chemicals is another key concern.
From the beginning of urban life until recently, tanneries were located in populated areas near rivers and channels. There was no treatment of industrial waste and the cities felt the impact in the water and air quality from the tanneries, earning a fame associated to pollution.
Nowadays with modern techniques and very strict regulations for environment protection the situation is totally different, leather became a clean industry, in Brazil and most of the developed world, as did other ancient industries.
Our tanneries are compliant to REACH and Prop 65 regulations. Strict control for the contents of SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) such as Lead, Chrome VI, DMF and Phthalates are tested twice a year in certified labs such as BLC (British Leather Centre) to ensure the products offer no hazard to the environment and to humans.
The base document for our production is the Guide created by BLC Technology centre and can be found here
Today water effluent is purified to reuse in the process, along with reservoir water. Efficient manufacturing techniques eliminated bad smell and government agencies officials enforce environmental compliance at every level, daily testing of the effluents, fumes and other industrial outputs are monitored.
Any misconduct results in instant shutdown of the industry.