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We proudly use Vegetable-tanned leather in all of our products. You might ask, is Vegetable tanned a nice way of saying Vegan Leather?
The answer is, no.
Vegetable Tanned Leather, or also known as "Veg Tan" refers to the tanning process, or the way it is transformed from natural animal skin, into the soft, beautiful material we know and love as Leather. There are two main ways of tanning. Chromium tanning (Chrome Tanned) and Vegetable Tanned.
Chrome tan makes up 80% of the world's leathers produced today, simply because it is a cheaper, and faster solution. It involves using a solution of chemicals, acids and salts, to dye the hide. The process can take only a matter of days and does not require too much skill from the maker. The main reason we avoid this type of leather is primarily because of the byproducts it produces. Such as the leather itself, as it cannot be recycled, does not decompose, and ultimately, ends up in our landfills. Another reason is the wastewater containing many of the chemicals from the process is harmful to the communities it is tanned in.
Now, let's talk about Vegetable Tanned Leather.
It is one of the oldest and most natural ways of tanning. There are no harmful chemicals used in this process. It takes advantage of the tannic acids naturally found in some plants, by using the tree barks, branches, leaves or even some fruits in some specific techniques. A single hide can take 30 days to up to three months to produce and requires a great amount of skill, patience and care from the maker.
All of this translates into a much more expensive hide. But we believe the price is worth it. As it is a much more environmentally friendly way of producing, and sourcing leather.
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We use 19oz Martexin Waxed Canvas
It is some of the best waxed canvas in the world. There are no chemicals in this canvas, only natural bees wax. It starts out stiff, but like leather it will soften, and develop a mild patina over time that is unique to how you use it.
It is water resistant, and can be re-conditioned by melting a pot of bees wax and painting it on. Or simply using a brand formula such as "Otter Wax"