Leather, Environmentally Responsible?

Pergamena LeatherLeather. It’s a controversial subject, I know. I happen to love it.  From fantastic motorcycle jackets and the softest hobo bags to beautifully bound journals and sleek sofas, leather shows up in all aspects of our lives. Well, my life at least.  I understand the objection, for the most part, and while I respect it, I simply do not see myself giving up leather any time soon.  Like I said, I love it.  So much so that I plan to incorporate it into my future creative endeavors.  However, I can and will do this responsibly.  Enter Pergamena, an “ethical and environmentally soundleather business. They use hides from animals that have either died naturally or been raised for food and have come from local farms. Everything is vegetable-tanned, an environmentally conscious process, and as much as possible, they use natural and biodegradable dyes or pigments.   I stumbled across this company on LinkedIn, a social media platform that I find quite useful, and it was like a dream come true.  I took a little time to check out their website, learned they are based in New York state, which is awesome, and happily ordered a free leather sample color card.  I cannot wait to receive the card and start making some design decisions. Between Noon Studio’s Natural Dye House, Organic Cotton Plus , and Pergamna leather, it looks like I can finally move forward in an environmentally responsible design direction.  Sweet!

Know of other environmentally friendly textile businesses?  Let us know, we’d love to hear about them!

Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!

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