When Spire Leather Company took over the Clayton Street Tannery in October 2018, there came a great opportunity to put in place a strong environmental policy. This is something that affects all parts of the leather making process from our supply chain to our packing materials.
The leather we produce is tanned in Derbyshire, UK. We source as many hides as possible from the UK. These products are always ethically and carefully sourced being a by-product of the meat industry.
The leather is finished using water-based dyes and stains. These are eco-friendly where possible. Where chemicals are used we source these from local providers to consciously lessen their impact on the environment.
Natural wax and oils are used to finish the leather, these products are sourced locally from the UK.
We try to pack our products in recycled/ recyclable card/ paper that are biodegradable where possible. We endeavour to have all packaging meet these standards by the end of 2019. We also pack our products to an appropriate size to minimise waste.
We are strictly monitored by both Yorkshire Water and the Environmental Agency to ensure that we abide to pre-set limits on contamination of liquids discharged from the site. We treat, all our effluent on site in an eco-friendly way, and are constantly researching ways of improving that treatment.
All Solid waste is recycled or sent to incinerators for power generation; none is sent to landfill.
Locally sourcing material and talent
Wherever possible we work and support local businesses, for example when using brass products we locally source from a foundry in Walsall, West Midlands. We also understand that traditional leather making is a unique trade for which we have a responsibility to teach to the next generation.
Our environmental policy is one that gives consideration to all parts of the leather making process. This is through simple policies such as local sourcing of materials. To conclude, we are currently experimenting with the Leather that doesn't meet our highest quality control standards with the intention of making saleable leather goods, again reducing our waste.