EcoTan Leather from GreenShoes
The other day we were, if you pardon the pun, ruminating on whether chromium tanned leather might be considered 'eco.' One company who thinks there is room for alternatives is Green Shoes, whom we've mentioned previously. But this year they've embarked on a campaign to offer more of their product line of handmade shoes, boots, sandals and accessories from what they term EcoTan. For which they make some rather robust claims; "Incredibly soft yet durable, this fine leather is tanned using pure plant agents and oils, to the highest environmental standards for leather production anywhere in the world." Available dyed in toxin free colours, or left 'au naturale', it comes in four shades tagged, Bark, Berry, Oak and Natural Ebony. But economies of scale aren't quite there yet, so choosing EcoTan can add between £10 to £30 per product (~$20 to $60 USD). Elsewhere on their website Green Shoes refer to the process as "an organically tanned leather", but we are unsure if they mean certified or simply 'from plants.' ::Green Shoes.