Eco-friendly Label by La Canadienne
The leather industry has always been a way of recycling waste from the food industry. In order to offer its customers a product more environmentally conscious product. La Canadienne offers different tanning alternatives.
Why is wearing leather eco-friendly ?
« Hide is a product of nature. However, it is of little value without the intervention of man, to nourish, transform and embellish it and produce sumptuous and living leather. Its natural and noble characteristics make it a material with high added value.», National Leather Council
Before ending in your wardrobe, leather goes through many stages. There are several economic sectors that influence both the quality and quantity of this raw material, the hide.
The leather industry recycles waste because most of hides come from farmed animals. Indeed, animals are not bred for their skins but primarly for our concumption of milk or meat, except for certain species such as reptiles…
Nota bene : At La Canadienne, we decided since Spetember 2020 to no longer distribute exotic leather because it is not from the food industry.
Around 7 million tonnes of hides resulted from cattle consumption per year worldwide. If the leather industry did not exist, hides would be waste to be thrown away and processed, with far more negative effects on the environment. The leather industry is indeed the oldest recycling activity in the world as it transforms an animal skin that has been bred for its meat or milk into renewable material.
Leather has many advantages and is the ideal garment to wear in mid- season. It is resistant and warm thanks to the natural heat released by the body and captured by leather. In addition, its windproof proprieties also help to keep you warm. Leather is a sustainable material over time. Once you have bought it, your leather piece will be worn for at least ten year. And do so, thanks to its robust property.
Buying leather from La Canadienne is also a garantee that your purchase will last. The lifetime guarantee and the after-sales service (repair, transformation, dry-cleaning, colouring) allow you to keep your leather pieces longer and sometimes to give them a new life.
Nota bene : Please contact us if you have any questions about our lifetime guarantee and the after-sales service.
Tanning is the most essential operation which consist of transforming raw skin into leather and do so to transform it from a waste to rawmaterial. It is an operation that has environmental impacts. Nearly 85% of leathers pass by mineral tannin agent, chrome tanning. Left 15% pass by a plant tanning using natural tannin agent like bark, wood, roots or leaf. Most of the time before tanning only cold and salt are used to conserve numerous raw skins. Most of the time before tanning only cold and salt are used to conserve numerous raw skins.
Different types of leather
There are several types of leather, tanning and finishes. All these features give rise to a distinctive name for this high-quality material. However, vegetable leather should not be confused with vegan leather.
Vegetable leather is an alternative name for leather tanned with plant meaning that vegetable leather is indeed from animal. Nevertheless the hide has been transformed by plant tannin agant without chrome in contrary to a mineral tanning.
Vegan leather results from plant fiber such as grapefruit or pineapple that are leather lookalike after few coating applications that can be chemicals.
The eco-friendly Label
La Canadienne is concerned about leaving the smallest possible ecological footprint. For this it is committed to a more responsible approach and to a more thoughtful consumption: to produce the best pieces that will go with you for a lifetime. This is the logic behind our new eco-friendly labelled collection under the La Canadienne brand. You can now find our concerned models with this logo.
What does this label means ?
Our Indian partner's tannery takes great care not to dump water and used components into the surrounding rivers, always recycle and reuse and thus achieve a virtuous circle. Our partner works under the following well-known patents: ATP (Afluent treatment plant) & RO (Reverse osmosys water treatment). In India, only a handful of tanneries and factories are doing this nowadays.
Our Indian manufacturing facility, which produces part of our leather collections, processes the hides in a tannery excluding the use of the following three chemical components: AZO / PCP / CHROME 6.
These three chemical components are banned in Europe by the REACH regulation because they can be harmful to the planet and the ecology, and sometimes even to health.
Our social and environment role at La Canadienne
In addition to this ecological and sustainable aspect, La Canadienne imposes numerous rules on the traceability of all the skins used. This is why, since 2015, the place of manufacture is specified for each model, whereas European regulations do not require it. Also when the information is given, the origin of the skin is specified. In the long term, La Canadienne is working to be able to offer a wide selection of traceable models.
La Canadienne pays close attention to three essential points that determine the traceability of a model:
• The Made In or country of manufacture
• The origin of the skin or origin of the breeding place
• The location of the tannery
« Made In » is important in terms of social commitment and the working conditions of employees.
The origin of the hide refers to the place of breeding and concerns animal welfare while being linked to the geographical notion about respect for the environment, deforestation, etc…
The location of the tannery is important in terms of carbon impact, waste, air and water treatment.
Since spring 2020, La Canadienne has been working on a sustainability charter that aims to increase the transparency of the clothes it produces and distributes, from the leather, wool and fur industries to the puffer jacket industry.
Numerous audits of its manufacturers and suppliers are underway to meet four commitments:
• Environmental commitment
• Commitment to animal welfare
• Social commitment
• Transmission of "savoir-faire"
Chromium: chemical agent used for the mineral tanning of leather. Some forms of chromium, notably chromium 6, can be dangerous for the health.
Chromium 6: the result of a drift of chromium 3 due to misuse or poor association
Tanning: this is the operation aimed at transforming the raw hide into leather through the use of tanning agents.
Tannin: this refers to all substances that enable tanning. These substances can be vegetable or chemicals.