In vegetable tanned leather, tannins are created through natural components, which can include chestnut wood, sumac leaves and mimosa bark. This is the main difference that makes Vegetable Tanning the eco-friendly option as opposed to other tanning processes. In contrast, ‘chrome tanning’ uses tannins that contain environmentally harmful chemicals, such as the highly toxic sodium dichromate. Up to 50% of these chemicals end up as waste.
In terms of aesthetic, the results of veg tanning are rich in character. Due to its natural processes, veg tanned leather does not crack or dry out like chemically treated. Instead, it appears better and grows in character with age. This means that your vegetable tanned handbag, garment, or accessory will have a longer lifespan, keeping one more item in your closet and out of a landfill.