Chrome-free tanning means that aldehydes or vegetable tannins are used to process leather, instead of Chrome 3 and other heavy metals. Chrome 3 isn’t considered toxic to humans, but it can produce something called Chrome 6 if certain additives combine with chromium 3 compounds during tanning. Chrome 6 is a human carcinogen that stays in the environment forever. Our tanneries follow industry best practices and adhere to a strict Restricted Substance List to ensure that there is no Chrome 6 in our stuff.
Circularity goes beyond the linear model of take-make-dispose to create an economy that aims to restore itself. The idea is that instead of following a straight line, the model moves in a circular fashion so nothing gets thrown away. It focuses on three principles: design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and regenerate natural systems.
Climate change refers to persistent changes in the atmosphere that last decades or more, and are caused directly or indirectly by human activity.
Climate positivity goes beyond the achievement of net-zero carbon emissions to actually create an environmental benefit by removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than you emit.
Closed loop refers to a system in which products are designed, manufactured, used, and handled for circularity.
Conventional means that the raw material may have the addition of pesticides and/or other chemicals during the growing, harvesting, or finishing processes.
Deadstock is old, leftover, and over-ordered fabric from other designers and fabric warehouses.
Deforestation is the act of clearing a forest to make room for non-forest use like logging, creating space for urban developments, or grazing. It directly contributes to climate change by releasing CO2 into the atmosphere and reducing the amount of carbon sinks available to capture greenhouse gases.
Downcycling is a form of recycling that still converts waste into new materials but usually at a lower value than it was before. For example, if you recycled fabric scraps into insulation.
Environmental justice means considering the social effects of climate change and ensuring an equitable distribution of environmental burdens and benefits. For example, we care about responsible chemical management and cleaner chemistry of our stuff not just to preserve and protect our natural environment and customers, but because to not do so directly threatens the health and safety of workers, and the communities surrounding our production facilities. It's our responsibility to ensure we do what we can to reduce harm and amplify prosperity through our shared environment.
Fair Trade Certified products undergo rigorous social, environmental, and economic standards that ensure that the people making the products work in safe conditions, protect the environment, build sustainable livelihoods, and earn additional money to empower and lift up their communities.
Flax is a flowering plant, Linum usitatissimum, that can be used in a variety of ways including to make textiles, more commonly known as linen.
Global warming is the long-term increase in the overall temperature of Earth’s atmosphere in comparison to pre-industrial levels (1850-1900). It is mainly due to human activities like the burning of fossil fuels, that pump carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The greenhouse effect is the process that raises the temperature of air in the lower atmosphere due to heat trapped by greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and ozone. Human activities—primarily the burning of fossil fuels and clearing of forests—have intensified the natural greenhouse effect, causing global warming.
Greenwashing is the process of falsely conveying a product, service, or company as environmentally friendly without providing accurate information to substantiate the claims.
A hazardous chemical is any chemical that can cause a physical or health hazard.
The HIGG Index is a set of tools that were developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). It enables brands, retailers, and facilities to accurately measure and score a company or product’s sustainability performance. Learn more about it here.
Insetting is a type of offsetting focused directly in the supply chain or in the geographic area the emitting activity took place.
Leather Working Group
Leather Working Group (LWG) is a multi-stakeholder initiative that is dedicated to pushing for environmental best practices throughout the leather supply chain. LWG aims to improve the environmental impact of the leather industry by assessing and certifying leather manufacturers. LWG looks at different aspects of leather’s environmental impact from chemical and water management, greenhouse gas emissions, hide traceability, etc and more. Learn more about LWG here.
Leather Impact Accelerator
The Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA) is a framework that consolidates industry tools and enables leather supply chain members–from farmers to retailers–to contribute to a more responsible leather supply chain.
The linear economy traditionally follows a straight line step-by-step process of “take-make-dispose,” which means that raw materials are collected, transformed into products that are used, and then disposed of once they are no longer needed.
Life-cycle assessment (LCA)
Life-cycle assessment is a methodology that is used to assess the environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product, process, or service. It usually starts with the raw material extraction used to create the product and ends with how the product is disposed.