Fashion Revolution Week and transparency in the leather goods supply chain.
It is widely accepted in the fashion industry that for leather to be considered from a country, it is only necessary for most of the value to be added there. For example, the vast majority of “Italian” leather is, in fact, re-tanned (dyed and finished) in Italy from hides that are sourced and originally tanned in countries such as India, Ethiopia and Vietnam. This is also the case with most British leather.
It is not necessarily a bad thing in all cases, but when you consider how toxic the production of Indian leather can be, this is something that consumers should be made more aware of so they can make informed decisions.
Sourced. Tanned. Made in Britain
At Billy Tannery, we are passionate about the transparency of our supply chain. Our unique partnership with ethical goat meat business, Cabrito, allows us to trace each piece of leather back to the farm. Our products are then made in a small British factory from the kid leather tanned in our environmentally friendly microtannery.
Our vegetable tanning process is backed up by an on-site treatment plant that leaves us with totally biodegradable waste products that can be composted to be used safely on the surrounding grassland as fertiliser.
This week is Fashion Revolution week. It marks the anniversary of the terrible Rana Plaza factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013. This week is used to encourage millions of people to ask brands #whomademyclothes and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.
Discover more about Fashion Revolution at fashionrevolution.org