There are tanneries and the corresponding upstream and downstream sectors in both Germany and the EU. It is just that no one can imagine that these factories actually exist. The media show pictures that have nothing to do with reality.
A few large companies emerged from the many tanneries that existed everywhere, hardly being noticed. This meant that there were fewer and fewer people working in the tanning industry. The media, usually not very interested in good news, started to report less and less on domestic tanneries, more on factories somewhere or other in the world that were causing damage to the environment and health.
Leather is increasingly discussed in connection with animal welfare, the use of chemicals and working conditions. The tanners, who rarely sell directly to the consumer, but to the shoe, furniture, car, leather goods and fashion industries, do not have an easy time getting their “good deeds” across to the consumer.
The natural product, leather, has always been held in high esteem by consumers. For as long as humans have existed, hides and skins have been refined into leather as renewable raw materials. The functions that the hide has on the animal, such as protection from heat and cold, protection of the organs from injury, are also present when it has been processed into leather; durability, with limited stretch, high tensile strength, longevity. Not to mention water vapour permeability and the ability to store water. In other words, this is a material that is comfortable to wear and practical.
The highest product quality is a matter of course for our members. Added to this, is maximum ecological quality.
- energy-efficient and resource-saving manufacturing processes
- environmentally friendly production processes
- substitution of substances hazardous to health
- socially acceptable working conditions and highest levels of occupational health and safety
- consistent avoidance of waste
Our members have thus developed into globally recognized, ecological pioneers, with a comprehensive and trend-setting know-how on environmentally friendly leather production.