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!