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Pure Origin to display sustainable leather solutions

May '19
Pic: Pure Origin
Pic: Pure Origin
Pure Origin will spotlight sustainable leather solutions and new technology from some of the industry’s most exciting and innovative suppliers and manufacturers, with a focus on solutions to environmental issues. The leading manufacturing and supply chain expo will take place alongside the festival of fashion, Pure London, from July 21-23, 2019, in UK.

Launching in the UK at Pure Origin is brand-new leather tanning agent Olivenleder from German sustainable leather solutions business, Wet-green, which has the potential to lead the global leather production industry to a responsible future that is sustainable and healthy. Made using olive leaves, it is designed to reduce the damage the traditional leather production process can do to the environment, according to a press release on the show.

“The leather tanning process is a complex one, and for us, the bare minimum in sustainability was just not enough! We’ve gone from being a niche product, used only in a few cars at BMW and a selection of upholstery and accessories, to being involved with many other automotive companies. We have introduced Olivenleder into the design process for several models, as well as expanding our business from the motor, upholstery and saddling industries to footwear as well. A collaboration with a major German fashion label is our first entry into the fashion industry and a range of accessories, garments and shoes made of Olivenleder will be introduced before the end of the year,” Thomas Lamparter, head of sales at Wet-green said.

“Olivenleder is a tanning agent made from olive leaves. We describe our process as tanning a by- product with another by-product. They tan skin as a by-product from the meat and dairy industry, using olive leaves which are a by-product of olive growing. In contrast to conventional tanning agents, there’s no mining for chrome, no crude oil used, and no tree is felled or sacrificed. The olive leaves are purely a by-product of another industry,” he added.

“Leather is such a lovely material, with so many unique characteristics. If we want to ensure that future generations recognise leather as a sustainable and ethical material, we need to provide the solutions to prove this. As I’ve said, leather is a by-product of the meat industry; as long as people eat meat, we can use the skin as a long-lasting and natural fabric rather than creating artificial materials which ultimately pollute our environment. Skin is a naturally biodegradable product and as long as it’s treated in a way that maintains its integrity it will retain this property. That’s why we use olive leaves,” Lamparter said. (GK)

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