From the farm to the skin processor: All steps in the supply chain are controlled. Ecology starts on the farm, then transport and includes processes at the meat processing plants as well as the skin processors.
Many skin processors now have a Leather Working Group certification.
MPI registration (Ministry of Primary Industries) for each individual processor
MPI registration for each individual processing plant
Upcycling: Hides and skins are a by-product of the meat industry. None of the animals slaughtered in NZ are being raised or slaughtered for the main use of the hide or skin. Without processing into leather the raw material would end up in landfill.
Certified and approved chemicals (REACH standards SVHC and Annexe 17)
REACH aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. This is done by the four processes of REACH, namely the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals.
Leather Working Group certification (LWG) for skin processors.
For further information and details please contact REALGRADE LEATHER.