In short term our process is like this; we get all our skins from the food industry as a by-product. We are really fortune living in Iceland since we have plenty of hot water in our ground from geothermal sources-renewable resource, also our electricity all comes from a hydroelectric power station. So you can see that our production really relies on our nature, that is also why we have waste water treatment that takes away the chemicals that we don‘t want to have in the nature, and then it is disposed in a correct way.
Atlantic Leather has the goal to keep the natural characteristic of the skins in first place as well making all the skins in environmental friendly way chrome free tanning and using the natural sources of hot spring water and hydroelectric power for our production. The tannery is very close to the source of the raw material so transport will be as light as possible to limit the carbon footprint of the production and distribution to minimal.
We have from the beginning had the goal to use not hazardous chemicals in the production and all development have been worked from that point.
We use soap, the soap has similar ingredients as dish washing liquid, we use lime to remove the scales with crucial help of enzymes, and tanning is play of PH and to control that we use baking soda and formic acid in the tanning. In the process we have to remove all natural fat from the skin, but to have soft leather we need fat. So the natural one is replaced with special fat created from vegetables oil and fish oil. For the tanning (conservation for the collagen) we use chrome as basic supported by aluminium and synthetic tanning agents. Chrome is available in several forms (chrome 6 is the poison one with bad reputation) we use chrome 3 that is not dangerous in that form, in the tanning it’s possible that the chrome changes into other forms of chrome. Test have shown that it doesn’t happen in our process. We also offers other tanning methods where we use tree bark to make the tanning, we use Mimosa tree bark (other type can be used). When it comes to dyeing the skins, we always use AZO free dyes. For the finishing we use water based acrylic and urethane based compounds (similar to paint we use in our homes).
all tests have shown that we are well under the chemical regulation of European Union as well we treat our waste water before it goes out to from the factory with very simple teqnigue that call for very small investment to install.
We have lot of projects going on in development, one is chrome free tanning (due to bad reputation of chrome the market is calling for it) and many other projects that is asked for or will be called for in the future.