OUR SUSTAINABLE LEATHER
Icastica Studio chooses to work with sustainable leather and opts to use only leather that is a by-product of the food industry. The company endeavours to ensure that it is run in an ethical way through all its aspects such as the production, the business process and the company’s behaviour towards its customers, partners and community it operates in.
Icastica Studio carefully hand selects Italian leather skins coming from the most prestigious luxury brands end of season production surplus. Mainstream leather goods companies buy a much larger amount of leather than their actual market requirement, translating into an enormous surplus of both raw materials, such us leather skins, and finished products, causing a gigantic environmental impact.
Due to the durability and versatility of leather, it is possible for this material to be recycled and upcycled, allowing it to be manipulated into a brand new, sustainable and long lasting final product. Unlike most other raw materials, leather does not need to be subject to new treatments to be re-introduced to the market when rejected, as time does not affect the performance or beauty of the material.
By choosing to upcycle leather and so decrease the consequences of consumerism, Icastica Studio wishes to reduce the sourcing of the natural material and aims to minimise its environmental footprint, rather than turn a blind eye to waste and its enormous disposal impact.
Using surplus high end leather is key to the company’s ethical stance and also plays a role in the creation of its products due to the vastness of colours and textures available. While this leather does not conform to market trends, it remains of the highest quality and provides large flexibility to the designers.
The ethical path that the company chooses to follow allows the leftover skins to reacquire value by being utilised in creating something new, precious, truly unique and irreproducible.
THE ITALIAN LEATHER DISTRICT AND THE SUSTAINABILITY REPORT
Besides using surplus leather, a minority of skins purchased by the company come from small to medium sized family run tanneries in central Italy.
Italian leather, apart from being renowned for its undisputed quality, which combines craftsmanship, creative research, innovation and style, is also famous for being a world leader in sustainability.
The sustainable development of the Italian tannery industry is a documented model of excellence, which is proven by the voluntary release of the UNIC’s annual report. This document provides a cross-section of the Italian tanning industry’s commitment to the sustainability of the industrial products and processes.
The industry has even established an international certification: ICEC, the only certification institute in Europe and worldwide that is specific to the leather sector and which offers the market accreditation attesting to the quality, credibility, reliability and ethical commitment of the tanneries.
As an example of the deep commitment to sustainability of the Italian tanneries, the UNIC report 2017 underlines the subject with a new editorial concept, the “tale” of Italian sustainable excellence, marked by 7 keywords that explain the reasons why Italian leather generates Emotion, creates Value and is Natural, Clean, Safe, Ethical, Innovative.
The leather used is directly sourced as by-products of the food industry where the highest level of animal welfare is ensured. The tanning process recovers natural food-industry waste and turns it into a valuable raw material for high-value manufacturing. The recycling of raw materials as well as regenerating the capacity of natural resources, has the potential to transform a discarded product into a material of extraordinary excellence.
After recovering a precious organic material, the Italian tanneries manage to produce a high value added material which also has extensive durability. This is another fundamental characteristic of leather which further defines its capacity to be sustainable.
Leather is natural and renewable, attributes which make this material perfect for creating luxury and long lasting upcycled goods.
To read more about the UNIC 2017 report, please find the full document on the link below: