Wherever possible and is suitable to the function of the item, Spindrift Leatherworks uses natural/raw vegetable-tanned leather. The vegetable-tanning process uses vegetable tannins to tan the leather, very little water, and no chemicals. The process takes longer, making veg-tan more expensive than the alternative.
Chrome-tanned leather (what we like to avoid) is a much speedier and more cost-effective process, however quite damaging to the environment ass it uses plenty of harsh chemicals and water… Hand-dying our vegetable-tanned products are time consuming, but it’s waste-free thereby ensuring nothing is released into the environment.
IMPORTANT: any items that are sold as “Natural” in colour are in fact, completely free of dye. Leather is skin and will actually get a tan, just like humans, after sun exposure. Customers should be aware that their “Natural” item will darken a few shades with time. This will only add to its character and beauty.
Throughout our product line, you will find the occasional “scar” or “cowbrand”. Spindrift Leatherworks embraces these markings for two reasons:
The markings add appeal to the rustic elegance of our products
Discarding the marked leather leads to an excessive amount of waste in the industry. Spindrift Leatherworks’ makes every attempt to reduce waste and limit environmental damage