What is vegetable leather?
It is a type of animal leather which has the difference of being tanned with vegetable tannins, soluble in water and alcohol. Therefore, the process of making vegetable leather is longer but results in a more resistant leather. This type of vegetable tanned leather is completely ecological, which is why it is also known as “ecological leather”.
Why use the vegetable tanning leather process?
Vegetable tanning provides us with vegetable leather which has a non-polluting and completely ecological process to take care of our environment. Therefore, mainly in recent years, this type of tanning has gained more strength so that companies begin to apply it.
The tanning process does not harm the environment.
Vegetable leather is a type of biodegradable leather, so its contamination is reduced.
It is a very resistant leather, especially to scratches and to our pets.
It is not a material that tends to break or damage easily.
It is comfortable and soft.
Vegetable leather is durable, so buying this product will save you money on subsequent items, and you are also benefiting the environment.
Vegetable tanning or chrome tanning?
Many people tend to ask about vegetable or natural finishes thinking that this type of tanning is of better quality or less polluting than chrome tanning.
Today we can affirm that this belief is not correct, since technological advances, environmental legislation and global regulations make it very difficult for any type of tanning to be harmful to health or the environment.
On the one hand, Vegetable Tanning, which is one of the oldest known leather transformation processes, which is why barks and extracts of oak, chestnut or other species and natural pigments were used for vegetable leather. Although currently these Natural products have been replaced by other chemical products.
However, vegetable leather has a more natural appearance, but its finishes are more rigid and the variety of colors is limited. In addition, the Vegetable tanning process is slower and requires 4 times more water than other types of tanning.
On the other hand, Chrome Tanning was invented in 1858 and replaced natural tannins with minerals. In this way, Chrome Tanning quickly became popular since the leather could be tanned, dyed and finished in practically a single day. It also allows the production of more leather in less time, making it softer, more flexible and with a greater variety of colours.
Although the great drawback of Chrome Tanning is that it is a highly polluting mineral. However, currently environmental legislation requires tanneries to have strict recycling processes for water, chrome and other compounds that are later reused.
In this way we can conclude that vegetable leather and chrome tanned leather have different treatment processes, however today vegetable tanning has been mostly replaced by chrome tanning because it optimizes production times, also thanks to Due to the new environmental protection legislation, this type of tanning is carried out taking into account certain measures that allow its development without affecting the environment.
That is why at Curtidos Menacho we are your trusted leather supplier, since our production is carried out consciously under the REACH regulation for the protection of the environment and human health. So we invite you to see our catalog of high-quality skins and leathers, so that you can choose according to your liking.