Selecting alternative materials and responsible suppliers

Leather products can be expensive! As a by-product of meat, leather is considered the most valuable part of an animal because of its profit margins. The majority of leather products come from developing countries where animal welfare laws and environmental standards are not enforced. It undoubtedly has devastating effects on agriculture animals, and ecological issues have significantly increased such as energy use (electricity, water, gas), water pollutions, land use, mass deforestation, and climate change.     

The most dangerous part of leather production is the chrome tanning process; air pollution from tannery waste is a major worldwide problem. The use of massive energy leads to the discharges of gasses (emission) such as: 

* CO2 (major role in global warming)

* NOx, CH4, N2O, and CFC (drive the impact on the ozone’s layer)

* SO2 and NH3 (result in acid rain)

Most of the tanners (persons who tan animal hides to become leather) use chromium which is hazardous for the environment and human health. Many people who work or live nearby tanneries got cancer, possibly caused by exposures to toxic chemicals. Benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethene, toluene, xylene, and 1,3-butadiene are all chemicals that are discharged during the finishing process of leather production. Each compound shows high toxicity levels and carries the potential of causing different health effects.

We believe it is our responsibility, both producer and consumer, to educate themselves and to implement sustainable lifestyle measures as much as possible to minimize any undesirable environmental effect. BAHATIKA uses only materials that are 100% free of animal content from suppliers that meet the standards of the European community concerning environmental protection, and fair trade implementation.

Our suppliers own certifications such as ISO 140001, ISO 9001, BS OHSAS 18001, SA 8000 and their raw materials are regularly updated according to Oekotex and CE regulations n.1907/2006 (standards for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals- REACH). Our shoes are ethically produced in family-owned factories located in Italy and Spain. We proudly partner and support local business owners who respect transparency and follow fair trade.

BAHATIKA encourages consumers to be more conscious and to create genuine compassion towards how people, animals, and the environment are affected by fast fashion and irresponsible production processes.

Are you ready to take a purposeful walk with us? 

Photo by Ivana Cajina

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