how to recycle leather products

Recycle leather products? Here’s how to do it.

Every person is in possession of at least few leather products. This includes clothes, shoes, bags and so on. So if you are not using them, they can indeed be recycled. You should also keep in mind that the majority of leather products are non-biodegradable. This means that they cannot be broken down naturally by microorganisms in the environment. So even if you recycle them they won’t disappear quickly. In this article we will take a look at some of the different ways you can recycle leather products and why it should be done.

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Why should you be recycling leather?

Leather is a material that is very versatile and can be easily adapted to many different purposes. It is strong and durable and it can be washed and cleaned very easily. The materials used to construct some leather products are also reusable which means that they can be turned into other products after their useful life has come to an end. This is good for the environment because it means that we don’t have to waste as much material as we used to in the past. Plus it is also good for the economy since we can use the same materials and use them again to produce different products.


How do you recycle leather products?

There are many different ways that you can recycle your leather products. If you no longer want to use your products, one option is to sell them so that you can have back some of your initial investment. Alternatively you can give them away to someone else who might need them. This will give other people the chance to enjoy them and make you a better person. You can also donate your leather products to a charity or fundraising event, it is always good to think of others this way. This will ensure that the leather products get used rather than going to waste or being thrown away.


Another way to recycle

If selling or giving away your clothes doesn’t work for you, another option would be to take your old leather products to a recycling centre or container to make sure they are recycled properly. Recycling centres specialise in collecting all kinds of materials and turn them into new products which can be used again instead of going to the landfill. So the question that comes to mind is: is leather sustainable for the environment?


Sustainability of leather for the environment 

Leather is a natural product which has been used by humans for thousands of years. As a fact, leather is made from the skins of animals which have been slaughtered for their meat. This means that the manufacture and use of vegetable tanned handcraft leather does not pose any threat to the environment because there is no additional fuel, chemicals or other harmful materials used in its manufacture. In addition, the production of leather goods requires very little water so that the environmental impact is reduced to a minimum.

Florence Leather Market specializes in manufacturing the highest quality leather goods made from genuine leather using only 100% vegetable tanned calf skins. All materials are sourced from Europe and Italy guaranteeing quality and durability as well as a strong environmental focus.

Come to have a look at our website to see how we create our products in respect of our environment and fair trade practices with our partners in Europe and Italy.

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3 Tips on How to clean your leather products

Looking for tips on how to take care of your leather products? This article will teach you the basics of caring for your leather items and help keep them looking their best. Leather is durable, stylish, and versatile – so it only makes sense to keep it in the best possible condition for as long as possible. But how do you do that? The best way to protect leather is by protecting it, keeping it clean and well-maintained.

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3 tips for maintaining your leather products:

Clean the products regularly

To begin, you’ll want to clean your leather using a damp cloth with mild soap and warm water. Be sure to avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners as these can cause damage to your leather and shorten its lifespan. After cleaning, let your product dry naturally and don’t apply any inappropriate conditioners or chemical moisturizers as this could cause spotting or other damage. Leather products are resilient to dirt, stains, spills and even water, however, it’s still important that you clean them as regularly as possible to prolong their lifespan and keep them looking their best.


Condition the leather often

As you use your leather products, you’ll find that they start to look dirty and worn over time. It’s important to stay on top of this with regular conditioning to prevent stains and keep leather soft and flexible. There are many ways to condition leather, but we recommend using a special conditioner specifically designed for leather. This will preserve the condition of your product and keep it looking its best. Try to apply conditioner to your leather after every use to help keep it in good condition and avoid damaging it. Take a look here for the best leather conditioning on the market!

Protect it from weather

Finally, you’ll want to protect your leather from moisture and the UV rays from direct sunlight in order to preserve its appearance and prevent cracking and fading. Always store your leather products in a cool, dry place when they’re not in use and always store them in the original bag or box to avoid damage during transport. When they are in use, be sure to protect them from the elements with an appropriate covering or with a high-quality protective spray or balm. This will help keep your leather products in good shape for years to come!

In conclusion, by following these simple tips you can keep your leather products in great condition and make them last longer!

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Sustainability: the eco friendly Italian Leather

Sustainability has become a common discussion topic in business. Nowadays many companies direct their products and therefore their marketing towards sustainability. In the world of leather goods, it is a particularly complex and multi-faceted issue that requires taking care not only of the environment, but also of the workers, the social sphere, and the traceability of materials and chemicals. In this article I will explain what is meant by sustainability and how Florence Leather Market deals with this issue.


What is meant by sustainability

Did you know that the term sustainability was used for the first time in 1992, during the first ONU Conference on the environment. The definition of sustainability that was given is this:

Condition of a development model capable of ensuring that the needs of the present generation are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

So we began to talk about greenhouse gases, the greenhouse effect and the hole in the ozone layer as a consequence of the intensive exploitation of natural resources and to study development models that rethink the relationship between man and the environment. This is the deepest meaning of sustainability: to build a global equilibrium between man and the ecosystem, to give life to a form of development that safeguards the environment and guarantees present and future needs.


How Italian leather goods consider themselves eco-sustainable

The items sold in our e-commerce https://www.florenceleathermarket.com are all made of genuine leather tanned in Tuscany. So you would ask, what’s sustainable about it? You may not know it but leather is a by-product from the food industry! The skins of animals that are raised for milk or meat are recovered by tanneries that, through tanning, make them a unique material. Without the work of the tanneries, the leather would go to waste, this makes Italian leather goods a true circular economy. What you need to know, however, is that not all leathers have a sustainable process. An example are those tanned with metals such as chromium. Given the reduced costs and production times from this type of tanning, some leather goods companies abandon the Italian craftsmanship not caring about the devastating environmental impact resulting from this type of process. Instead, we have chosen the path made of ancient Italian traditions and handmade processes that require time and craftsmanship.


The vision of Florence Leather Market

Florence Leather Market abandons the capitalistic thinking that seeks only profit at the expense of all that surrounds it but, on the contrary, embraces the Italian traditions that since ancient times enhance the beautiful landscapes and the Mediterranean microclimate. Precisely for this reason all our products are vegetable tanned that require longer and more expensive times but results in zero environmental impact.


If you want to know more about vegetable tanning and why it is the most eco-friendly, visit our blog and discover all its advantages!



3 best Christmas gift ideas 2022

We all know that Christmas is coming soon and we are really looking forward to spending this special day with our loved ones. But what can we do to make sure that everything goes perfectly? Well, the answer is simple: get ourselves some gifts! Now, most of the time people don’t know what to get their loved ones or friends for Christmas, so we are here to help out. Our team of Florence Leather Market suggests to our clients 3 amazing gift ideas from our physical and online store.

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Woman’s Purse

The first gift idea is a woman’s purse. Everybody knows that every woman needs at least one bag in her wardrobe, right? And we all know how expensive purses can be, so why not surprise her with a brand new one this Christmas? At our store you will find a large variety of purses in different colors and sizes so we are sure that she will love it! Also, every purse is made of genuine leather and the price is lower than anywhere else. So check out our store and get the one you like the most! We guarantee you that the quality is top and you won’t be disappointed. Our top pick this year is our handbag Nicoletta

The scholar backpack

The second gift idea is a school backpack. Nowadays, when students have to carry a lot of books and gadgets with them to school, they need a reliable bag that will serve them for a long time. And this is exactly why we recommend getting a backpack as a gift this Christmas. Our backpacks are very durable and made of genuine leather as well. They can be a perfect choice for both high school and college students. They can even fit your laptop if you need! So visit our store https://www.florenceleathermarket.com and purchase one for your loved ones! You will definitely impress them. One example could be our backpack Spring.


Last but not least the wallet 

The last gift idea is a wallet for either men or women. We all know that wallets are a must-have item in every guy’s closet, but nowadays we also have women who prefer carrying them too. So why not get them one of these trendy wallets as a gift this Christmas? We have a very nice selection of wallets that are made of high-quality leather and are available in many different styles. So if you need some gift ideas for your family or friends this Christmas, make sure to check out our online store and find that perfect wallet!


So remember these three things when you are buying gifts for your friends and family this Christmas! We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all of us at Florence Leather Market. Visit our website for more information about our products and our company. 



Vegetable tanning: why it’s the best

When we talk about leather we have to talk about the tanning process and Italy is the world leader in vegetable tanning. Have you ever wondered what vegetable tanning is, what are the differences between the various tanning processes and why we hear so much about vegetable tanning? In this article I will briefly explain the world of vegetable tanning.

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What does tanning mean?

Tanning is the treatment to which hides and skins are subjected in order to preserve and work them. Its purpose is to transform the animal’s putrescible skin into a product that is rot-proof, hygienic, breathable and resistant. The chrome tanning process is the most common process today as it is faster and less expensive but has a serious environmental impact. For this reason it is not part of the policy of Florence Leather Market. This is the reason why in our opinion vegetable tanning is the best process.


Vegetable tanning

Vegetable tanning is done through the use of tannins. Tannins used in the vegetable tanning process are natural substances extracted using eco-sustainable methods: for Tara tannin it is sufficient to grind the pods to a powder, while for chestnut or quebracho tannin the wood is chopped into chips which, in contact with hot water, releases the tannin in solution, as if it were an infusion.


Is the vegetable tanning process dangerous for the environment?

The vegetable tanning process is absolutely the most eco-sustainable tanning method.Tannins are vegetable substances, safe for man and the environment; did you know that the waste mud resulting from the tanning process can be easily recovered and transformed into material for the creation of bricks for the building industry. Also objects created from vegetable-tanned leather can last for generations and once their cycle of use is over, they can be easily disposed of and transformed into fertilizers for agriculture.


How can vegetable-tanned leather be distinguished from other materials?

Unfortunately, it is difficult for the untrained eye to distinguish vegetable tanned leather from the chrome one. We suggest using your nose: tanning with tannin permeates the leather with an intense perfume, the unmistakable “smell of leather” that a plastic material certainly does not have and that is scarcely present in other tanning methods.The same difference is also evident in terms of softness and pleasantness to the touch.


With global warming just around the corner, the sustainability of companies is fundamental for the healthy development of the planet and this is why the entire line of Florence Leather Market reflects these parameters. Take a look at our website and be won over by the quality of our products.