CIRCULAR GOAT ECONOMY
"A growing micro-tannery sector in the UK is helping to create value for thousands of male goats that would otherwise be killed at birth.Jack Millington walks past two huge industrial-style wooden tanning drums, through a door into the well-insulated drying room. Here, at 35C, amid the whirring of the dehumidifier and one small electric heater, hides from billy goats are stretched out on racks to dry."
Ethical, Sustainable and Beautifully Crafted
"Meet the modern tanners turning goat farm leftovers into luxury goods.Since 2017, Millington and his business partner and childhood friend Rory Harker have been pushing the boundaries of ‘nose to tail’, taking the skins left from Whetlor’s goats and creating beautifully crafted wallets, bags, shoes and aprons – I would seriously recommend taking a look at their backpacks; they’re gorgeous. But in the face of an expensive relocation, Millington and Harker are hoping to raise the money to expand the business further."
EUREKA 15: BILLY TANNERY
"Jack Millington and Rory Harker are co-founders of Billy Tannery, a company based in England’s Midlands that’s helping to revive the region’s rich leather-making history. Launched in 2017, the company produces leather goods – including aprons, backpacks and tote bags – using goatskin from the food industry that would otherwise go to waste. It is also working with a number of restaurants to design bespoke products that are all vegetable tanned at the firm’s micro-tannery."
Stylish Kid Leather Goods
“From an old farm building in the Midlands comes a line of leather goods with a difference. Billy Tannery’s stylish and super-soft backpacks and briefcases are made using otherwise wasted goat hides in what founders Jack Millington and Rory Harker refer to as a “microtannery” – the first of its kind in the UK.”
Jack welcomes John Craven and the team from BBC Countryfile to the tannery.
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