Since the middle ages, people have tanned the hides of animals to make leathers to be used for furniture, clothing, and decoration. Unfortunately, the chemicals used by tanneries to create this luxury have proven to be harmful to human, animal, and planet health. With the sustainability of Earth now at the top of every country’s priorities, tanneries have begun to get a bad reputation for their work, despite the efforts made to shrink the environmental impact of these businesses.
The Use of Harsh Chemicals is an Ancient Practice
The use of mercury, arsenic, and selenium are all chemicals used in the practice of tanning leather— well, they were 60 years ago. Now, these dangerous chemicals have been replaced with saline solutions, or chemicals that contain salt as their tanning agent.
Alternatives to Harsh Tanning Chemicals
Probiotics are key! New research has shown that using Probiotic solutions specifically designed for tanning leather has decreased pollution, smell, and overall harmfulness of tanning leather. This solution helps make the leather more flexible, returning it to a more natural-feeling state while ensuring that the harsh chemicals are not present to harm you, your family, or the environment!
Overall, tanning can now be seen as not completely detrimental to society and our sustainability. With these new advances, and more progress being made every day, the practice of tanneries will soon be out of the headlines, with higher quality leathers made by probiotics coming to you soon.
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