The fashion industry is known as the second industry contributing to the destruction of the environment. The conventional leather production process has been identified as the primary contributor to this destruction.
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Karakoram2 stands proud in advocating eco-friendly and sustainable leather production processes. We are one with you in promoting eco-friendly fashion and environmental sustainability. You have our assurance that the principle of environmental protection guides all our operations.
While we understand that leather is the most versatile material, we also acknowledge the severe environmental impact brought about by the conventional leather production process.
We’ve taken extra steps to give you the best quality leather wallets while fulfilling our promise of producing them in an ethical, eco-friendly, and sustainable way.
Environmental Cost of Conventional Leather Production
There are three stages of leather production: (1) obtaining raw materials, (2) leather production, and (3) producing the finished leather goods.
The first two stages are the ones with a negative environmental impact. Billions of livestock are being used every year for leather production. The rearing of animals leads to severe environmental problems such as deforestation, water and air pollution, and greenhouse gasses emission, therefore contributing to climate change.
Conventional leather production uses chrome tanning. This process involves chrome tanning agents, which produce carcinogenic chromium, a highly toxic chemical. It is a faster method, but it is most harmful to the environment too.
With these stages, leather production has an environmental impact of 159, an alarming figure compared to other materials.
Understanding the leather supply chain is key to sustainable leather production. With the plethora of suppliers from different countries, sourcing leather in an ethical way can be challenging.
But just like the mountain, it is named after, Karakoram2 is known to conquer these challenges. The brand takes an extra effort to understand our suppliers and ensure that they meet international environmental compliance laws and standards.
We get to know our suppliers to guarantee that they are one with us in our vision of producing premium quality but eco-friendly leather products.
Our leather is processed through vegetable tanning – an eco-friendly alternative to conventional chrome tanning. Unlike chrome tanning, vegetable tanning uses all-natural materials like tree barks and oak in turning hide into leather.
This process is more expensive and takes more time, but we’d always choose environmental sustainability over anything else.
The vegetable-tanned leather ages gracefully and acquires a beautiful patina and polish over time, giving you the same high-quality leather without damaging the environment.
Karakoram2 takes pride in our eco-friendly practices. We share the clamor of making the fashion industry more sustainable. We take the lead in showing other companies that an eco-friendly alternative is a path each of us should take.
Our clients can stand proud in each Karakoram2 piece they own with our resolve to minimize adverse environmental effects. Each piece is a testament to support for environmental protection. Each piece is a materialization of a consciousness revolution that is already taking the world by storm.