Fish Leather is often regarded as an eco-friendly material, but why is this exactly? The term ‘eco-friendly’ can be best described as an attempt to create or do something which has very little to no impact on the environment. Fish leather in itself is not eco-friendly, it is the process from sourcing to tanning that can be described as a more positive alternative to both common leathers and exotic leathers.
To clarify this I will shortly list out a few aspects which are unique to the fish leathers we offer, and how this is connected to the impact it has on nature.
Overfishing is a serious issue, and we would never sell fish leather species which are threatened by this issue. We only supply leathers from manufacturers who do not sell endangered fish species.
Fish leathers are made from the actual skin of different fish species, such as tilapia, salmon and carp. These fish species are used for consumption and the skin’s would generally be wasted, if they weren’t used to make leathers from. We only sell leathers made from fish species that are also used for consumption, as we believe that there is already such a large quantity of skins being wasted that you really don’t need to farm fishes for their skin. Before fish leather became popular the skin of fishes processed by fisheries was considered a mere by-product of the edible fish industry and as a result was often dumped back into the sea with a potential to pollute surrounding waters.
A serious alternative to exotic leathers
The aesthetics of fish skin leather can compare to more common exotic leathers such as crocodile and snake leather. It can therefor be a substitute for exotic leathers made from endangered species. It is both compatible price and looks.
The tanning process
The tanning process of common leathers such as cow hide require a process of hair removal, with lye and acid which causes more atmospheric pollution. Fish leathers do go through a chemical process as well, but according to manufacturers this process has less impact than with regular leather. However the tanning of leathers will never be fully eco-friendly, seeing that it always has an impact. Some of the fish leathers we sell have a vegetable tanning process to reduce the impact.
To conclude, we would never argue that the making of fish leather has no impact on the environment, but we do believe it offers a better alternative than many other leathers. The development of fish leather is very interesting and we hope more manufacturers will try to create fish leather. We are happy to help supply fish leathers from the responsible manufacturers we have found around the world.