ECO-MATERIALS & SOURCING
We spend a lot of time and devote efforts to find quality materials that meet all the necessary requirements for being able to offer products according to our philosophy. That’s why we rely on sustainable, ecological and certified materials like recycled bovine leather, vegetable tanned cow eco-leather (biodegradable and toxic free) or organic cotton, among others.
Labienhecha doesn’t use plastic or oil derivatives and we try to improve every day regarding our environmental policies.
SOURCING OF SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS: DO YOU WANT TO BUY?
If you are interested in the materials used at Labienhecha for your own creations or for your brand, do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you information. We can supply you with small or big quantities any of our materials or help you to find what you need!
Recycled eco-leather is a very long-lasting material, easy to care and a sustainable and quality choice that offers a lot of possibilities. It is a real and sustainable alternative to plastic and other materials coming from oil that enjoys a certificate by Oeko Tex Leather Standard.
We strongly believe that recycling is the future and it is one of the keys to save our planet. That is why we choose a recycled material like our eco-leather, which, in addition, has the appearance, feel and scent of natural leather. This is due to the fact that theses materials are treated with the same processes as in tanneries and they are produced using the same equipment and methods used with the genuine leather. Learn more here.
ORGANIC COTTON AND LINEN: GOTS, OCC, OEKOTEX
We use different 100% organic cotton canvas that enjoys GOTS and/or OEKO-Tex certification, between others, for several products. It’s the same for our cotton and linens, which enjoy GOTS certificate or OCC guarantee. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the leading seal for sustainable fabric production. This standard includes treatment, manufacturing, labeled and packaging, as well as the trade and distribution of fabric made of natural fibers ecologically produced at least in a 70%.
TENCEL®: THE MOST RESPECTFUL FIBER
TENCEL® is a 100% natural fiber, of vegetable origin as well as cotton, which is obtained from wood pulp though a manufacturing process completely ecological. For the moment, it is the most environmentally friendly cellulosic fiber available. It is exclusively made of eucalyptus trees wood pulp certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the fiber has the seal of quality from the Pan European Forest Council (PEFC). The pioneering technology of REFIBRA TM implies, for instance, recycling a substantial part of cotton wastes from production of clothing, in addition to wood pulp, where the raw material becomes Lyocell TENCEL TM fibers.
VEGETABLE TANNED FLOWER LEATHER (NATIONAL, WITHOUT CHROMIUM)
Cow leather made of 100% vegetable tanning process, using plant extracts coming from vegetables such as Quebracho and Mimosa. Artisanal greased process is what tells the difference between this leather and the one produced through industrial production. This process consists of providing leathers with natural grease layers, oils and 100% natural waxes. We manipulate one by one in our atelier. That provides our products with unique flexibility and texture, as well as an unmistakable warm smell.
Our supplier means the perpetuation of the leather tanning activity that they had been carrying out for four generations and that stands in full force the ancestral tradition of tanning and manipulating the leather that exist in the town of Villarramiel (Palencia) since medieval times. All the leather we take from this supplier enjoys Oeko-Tex certification and come from Germany.
We select this leather one by one in our supplier’s warehouses. They kindly welcome us and they understand us. We feel like home there.
VEGETABLE TANNED NAPPA LEATHER (NATIONAL AND GERMAN, WITHOUT CHROMIUM)
In addition to the skilled leather from Palencia, we work with rhubarb leather from Germany that has a superb quality, look, smell and touch and it is an ecological alternative to conventional/industrial tanning with chromium which is so harmful for the environment.
It is a leather with vegetable extracts from plants like Tara or Valonia that provide a flexible texture and an incomparable smooth aroma. It doesn’t contain any chromium or heavy metals.
Our suppliers are members of the International Association of Natural Textile Industry e.V. (IVN). The guideline IVN “IVN-Naturleder” is one of the more strict rules for leather production in the entire world.
In addition, rhubarb leather is produced according to the ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 500001: 2011 requirements. It also enjoys Ekarf and BioKreis certification.
RECYCLED LEATHER FABRIC, PAPER AND CARDBOARD (RECYCLED AND CERTIFIED)
Paper and cardboard are recycled or have any of the following certificates:
All the factories we work with has received ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 certifications. They commit every day to minimize the environmental impact of their production activities and pay special attention to control and reduce their emissions and energy consumptions.
All our papers are recycled or enjoy FSC®certification. This certification guarantee that all products with FSC seal come from woods managed in a responsible way not only environmentally, but also economically and socially. Other important certifications: CE 94/62 Directive (Absence of Heavy Metals), Elemental Chlorine-Free Guaranteed, PH Neutral, ISO 9706 (Long Life), Well-managed Forest…
MORE: CORD, TAPE, ADHESIVES, GLUES,…
We use other materials such as cords, tapes, threads, beeswax, watercolor, water-based paints, adhesives and eco glue, YKK zippers, free-nickel trimmings, etc. As well as with the rest of material, our aim is to work under the guarantee provided by a certification like Oeko-Tex or GOTS. In other cases like trimmings’ we always look for superior quality and nickel or the absence of other unsafe metals. We also care about other materials like wood or paper. All woods used by OA are certified according to the Forest Stewardship Council standards. Forest exploitation and wood processing are ecologic and socially responsible. For instance, our paper and cardboard are also certified and 90% recycled.