Leather Swatches - Level III Ecolife
Ecolife™ is produced using the most advanced environmentally friendly techniques available in leather production today. Natural Vegetable tanning recipes combined with other water based ecological friendly materials are used in the production of Ecolife. Two water treatment units come into play to ensure utmost respect to our ecosystem. No PCP or CFC is used during the tanning process. Produced under the European environmental normative CE2000/53.
In short, Ecolife leather is the cleanest, safest, most ecologically responsible leather available anywhere in the world today.
The Ecolife™ Story
Green Hides commitment is that leather, a product and fabric of nature, should be produced in complete harmony and respect to the earth and its natural eco-system.
Green Hides, LLC was established in 2003, with the corporate commitment to only source leathers from tanneries based in Italy that produce under strict low emission mineral tanning procedures combined with elaborate recycling and water purification systems in place. In addition, all Green Hide leathers are produced under the stringent environmental standards of the EU.
Over the past several years, Green Hides has been developing a remarkable leather with the goal of having no or minimal impact to our eco-system. To help them to achieve this ambitious goal, Green Hides partnered with Pasubio, a state-of-the-art Italian tannery that is specialized in the production of ecological leathers for very famous high-end European automotive companies. Pasubio will be awarded the ISO 14001 environmental certification this year to further confirm their commitment to nature.
After years of development, Green Hides is proud to introduce the Ecolife™ collection, the next generation of eco-leather. It is chrome free tanned, vegetable re-tanned, and features water based finishing (no solvents). Further measures are taken by using fresh hides sealed in refrigerated containers that arrive weekly to the tannery in order to avoid using salt to treat the hides for storage. Thus water conservation is observed from the very beginning. Ecolife™ is currently produced under the European environmental normative CE2000/53.
Ecolife™ is not only a friend to nature, but in many cases exceeds the technical specifications of chromium leathers. In fact, Green Hides studies show there is more formaldehyde in an apple than in one of the Ecolife™ hides. This leather is also produced in compliance with the new ACT environmental textile standards.
Ecolife™ is also a green leather in the fact that it is truly a "leave no trace" product. There are other lower cost vegetable retanned leathers in the market but they cannot meet the same technical specifications and cannot meet the high environmental standards set for Ecolife™. Because of Green Hides unwavering commitment to produce an environmentally friendly product, Ecolife™ is one of the few truly ecologic leathers available in the world.
This page is specific to the revolutionary EcoLife leather by Green Hides. While we regard EcoLife as perhaps one of the very finest leathers available today, there are of course many other varieties out there. We do have access to virtually any leather supplier, and are usually able to source just about anything you might come across.