Craftsmanship And Quality With A Conscience

CRAFTSMANSHIP AND QUALITY WITH A CONSCIENCE

At TWIL, we’re intensely proud of our products and our mission. We offer the finest sustainable leather goods in a variety of both contemporary and traditional styles. We wanted to answer some of your questions about sustainable leather and what goes into making our products. We would like to educate you on our leather and how we source it and how we use it.

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE LEATHER?

Sustainable leather is leather that is a byproduct of local farming and agriculture industries. It is considered sustainable because the animals are not raised for the express purpose of using their leather for goods, they are primarily farm animals.

We source our leather from manufacturers who buy from suppliers that treat their animals with care and respect. Since we use ethically sourced leather from food animals, our sourcing has negligible environmental impact on local agriculture and processes. And because the majority of our products are hand-made, our industrial processes are likewise low impact and sustainable. Another term for our sustainable leather is “ethical leather ” - ethics form the backbone of our business and have led to TWILs success.

WHAT IS “ECO LEATHER”? WHAT IS LEATHER’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT?

“Eco leather” or “eco friendly leather” is a trade term to describe leather that is sourced in various ecologically or animal friendly ways. One set of ways is to create a leather substitute from plant fibers and other materials.


WHAT IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THE LEATHER INDUSTRY?

A huge one, across the world. That’s why we use traditional, local practices that reduce the impact of chrome and other chemicals that are found in our competitors products. We also demand of our partners adherence to environmentally sustainable processes in their tanning and preparation of the leather we source.

We prefer the term sustainable leather because it more accurately reflects the  set of best practices for ecological, cultural and economic sustainability. Our leather is actual real animal skin, sourced from animals raised locally for food. We stand behind our ethical leather and it’s sourcing because unlike so-called “eco-leather”, our leather is not derived from plastic, wood fibers, or other non-animal materials that would need to be produced with chemicals and leave behind industrial waste. The local tanning process used for our leather goods recycles water and is non-artificial, done again with traditional local practices.

Sustainable Leather Processes

THE SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN – THE GOOD BUSINESS OF GOOD ETHICS

We use two phrases when we educate people about our products – Conscious Consumerism and Fashion on Purpose.

Conscious Consumerism refers to the idea that consumers should have options to support companies that use their resources to care for the most vulnerable, and that doing so does not compromise on the quality and style of products. Not only is it possible, but as concerns about climate change and environmental issues grow, it’s necessary. As the TWIL supply chain is designed with fair trade practices in mind, our view is that being an ethical firm is essential to our success.