Recycled leather is the product obtained through the recycling and regeneration process of bovine leather waste from tanneries. The raw material is the scraps and reductions. With this material we help to avoid the accumulation in landfills of these non-recyclable waste where they end up being a significant impact on the environment and society. Thus, converting a polluting waste into a useful and durable material.
Our supplier recycles around 2.000.000 kg of undercuts per year.
It also has the look and feel of natural skin. This is because, to obtain it, the same process that is used in tanneries is carried out, and it is produced with the same machinery and methods used as with the original leather, with the difference that our supplier and material have the OEKO-TEX LEATHER STANDARD and GRS (GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD) certifications, proving their commitment to sustainability and determining responsible and ecological industrial management.* And where they become new sheets of useful skin.
This material is what we use to make the base bag, as well as that of the FUKUROSHIKI protective bag and in our hanging tag, a by-product, by the way, of reusing the excess scraps from said bag. A nice way of optimizing our resources and reducing our waste.
Our supplier receives the leather scraps and undercuts, a raw material with which they work in collaboration with local companies in a circular economy. The fibers undergo mechanical processes (cutting) and retanning with natural tannins and greasing. This results in what is called skin pulp. All the products are macerated so that, at a chemical and mechanical level, the products are inserted into the leather fabric. The entire manufacturing process involves the use of large amounts of water, we want to be frank. But we also want to make it clear that we partner with companies that strive to minimize any impact and, in this case, have facilities in continuous innovation, a closed circle and also their own treatment plant, thanks to which they reuse approx. 80% of the water they use. On the other hand, the water analytics of our supplier are freely accessible to the public, which confirms its commitment to transparency. And finally, a leather sheet is formed thanks to a binder, natural latex. A material which comes from the sap of the rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis) and also from renewable sources. It is a hypoallergenic material and, unlike synthetic, it is not derived from petroleum. A thermal drying is applied and Voilá! The leather sheets are obtained.
The wrapping cloth, or Furoshiki, is made from organic cotton.
Our Furoshiki is made in the most sustainable and fair way for its workers, and this is guaranteed by the GOTS* (GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD) certification that the chosen organic cotton has.
But, let's explain a little about the process. There are several significant points in the value chain or textile production.
1. It all starts with the planting, cultivation and harvest of organic cotton, in which no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used. Which considerably reduces the ecological footprint compared to conventional cotton cultivation. This favors the protection of the soil, nature and the health of its workers.
2. In addition, the water consumption of an organic cotton crop is irrigated up to 80% with rainwater, so it does not entail an extreme consumption of this valuable resource in its production, since it is not grown in arid areas.
3. Then we proceed to its spinning, weaving and textile finishing. The latter includes pretreatments such as mercerizing or shrinking, but also coloring processes and finally finishing. Of course, all these steps are carried out exclusively in accordance with the strict guidelines of GOTS. (In our case, we chose 100% organic cotton and undyed, to further reduce our water footprint)
4. Once this point is reached, the goods are double checked. Once at the respective production location and a second one in the lab in Germany. Plus, an additional verification of the final merchandise at the warehouse location.
5. And finally, we come to the shipment of the fabric, which is done in the most climate-neutral way, which means that in all its shipments they measure, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions.
Our composition and brand labels (those bearing our FUKUROSHIKI brand) are manufactured and designed here, in Spain, with 100% recycled polyester and guaranteed by one of the leading certifications in terms of manufacturing processes for recycled materials, the GRS.
We chose to manufacture our labels in collaboration with a company of recycled and certified fabrics here in Spain to be able to ensure their traceability and proximity to us. In addition to giving us the opportunity to do our part in aiding to reduce accumulations of plastic waste in our seas.
Recycled polyester fabric is a fabric with the same technical characteristics as any other virgin polyester fabric. The main difference is that it is obtained from recycled polyester fibers, thus contributing to a lower environmental impact in its manufacture. The benefits of its manufacturing and use process are:
1. Reuse of existing materials. PET plastic bottles are collected from containers or polyester fabrics as raw material, giving them a second life and preventing them from piling up in landfills or in our seas.
2. It is estimated that approximately 75% less CO2 is emitted in its manufacture compared to virgin polyester. Which is a very positive point for our climate change. Recycled polyester does not need oil for its manufacture, reducing the demand and extraction of this consumable and reducing our carbon footprint.
3. The PET polyester or polyester fabric is selected and crushed to obtain the fibers and then the yarn can be manufactured and, with it, the fabric.
4. Textile sublimation, a digital textile printing technology, is used. This does not require water in its printing process or contamination of it, as happens with the dyeing of other textiles, where hundreds of liters of contaminated water are generated per hour. The inks used are also water-based, and the main waste generated (paper) is recycled.
It is a detail that you will not find in other products, and it is that we wanted to go a step further, and instead of using the typical labels of dubious origin, to be sure, we have manufactured them here, in Spain, with all the love, for you. Because we wanted to be transparent in everything with you, just as we like them to be with us.
We have taken care of every detail in terms of sustainability and design for our Fukuroshiki, that is why the hardware and fittings used in it are designed to have a very long useful life, due to their high resistance, and without losing the aesthetics of the first day. We also bet on the proximity of suppliers, to keep in line with our attempt to reduce our carbon footprint, we opted to use Zamak, a metal alloy whose main components are zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper in a small proportion. And yes, we also obtain it locally, from the south of Spain (Ubrique).
The importance of this material is that it is recyclable and does not lose properties when reused. On the other hand, it is a material approved by current regulations on environmental and health issues, mainly due to its hypoallergenic properties. This means that it complies with the control of metals potentially harmful to our health and that of our ecosystems, which is why it is also a nickel free material.
Wasteless design in every detail.
The buttons that you see in our furoshiki are created in Spain by a company committed to reducing, reusing and recycling. And they are made from recycled polyester from other buttons and have the GRS certificate.
100% of all Fukuroshiki packaging is recycled paper and printed using water-based dyes.
We advocate for the recycling and reuse of materials as a way to preserve and revitalize our environment and society. That is why we have opted for the very materials used to create our FUKUROSHIKI, such as recycled leather.
We wanted to value with this material our bases for sustainability, not only because of the material used, nor because the resulting sleeve-bag can be reused for whatever you want, but also by collaborating with a workshop committed to social values and close to us here in Madrid, ELLAS LO BORDAN. This workshop is mediated by a foundation that helps social reintegration of socially excluded and abused women.
We also care that the paper (Kraft) and cardboard materials we use are 100% recycled and recyclable. Only water-based dyes have been used for printing. We seek not only recycled and reusable materials that respect the use of our planet's resources, but also functional ones. That's why our shipping bag is re-sealable and recyclable.
OEKO-TEX LEATHER STANDARD
It is a worldwide standardized testing and certification system for leather and leather goods at all stages of production. From semi-finished products (wet-blue, wet-white, etc) to finished products. It proves that the labeled item has successfully passed a test for chemicals that are harmful to health. The analysis criteria and limit values are strict and even exceed valid national and international specifications. In addition, they update the criteria every year, taking into account scientific innovations and changes in legislation.
It should be noted at this point that, in addition, our supplier complies with the REACH regulation on registration and restrictions of substances and chemical products. Another guarantee of your commitment to protect human health and the environment. This certification corresponds to our recycled leather, used both in our base bag, and in the packaging made Ellas lo Bordan, as well as in part of the furoshiki and our brand tag.
GRS (GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD)
It is an international, comprehensive and voluntary certification, designed to meet the needs of companies that seek to verify the recycled content of their products (both finished and intermediate), and verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production. The objectives of the GRS are to define requirements to ensure accurate content statements and good working conditions, and that chemical impacts have been minimized. This certification concerns our recycled leather, the fabric used to make the composition and brand labels, as well as the buttons that you can see in our furoshiki.
GOTS (GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD)
Certification that the chosen organic cotton has. GOTS is an internationally recognized certification of high standards that implements a rigorous monitoring of organic tissue processing, from its cultivation to obtaining the final material. This gives us the security of using a product that is a source of social and ecological responsibility. This is the certification that belongs to the 100% organic cotton fabric that we have used to make our furoshiki.
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
The FSC certification guarantees that the wood, paper and other forest derivatives that have this seal come from well-managed forests and plantations according to strict international sustainability standards.
When you see this seal on a product, it demonstrates exemplary sustainable management of the forests from which it comes, as well as best practice for the supply chains of a forest-based product, from the forest to the factory and all the way to the consumer. This is the certification that our shipping materials have.