– It’s finally a reality
Great importance and time has been given to researching and sourcing sustainable leathers. Now, it finally has become a reality. We are excited to reveal that all our insole linings are now 100% sustainable and chrome-free.
We present our very first sustainable leather range for all our outdoor shoes in 6 basic colors: Black, navy, grey, cognac, brown and olive. The leather applied here is 100% vegetable tanned, 100% biodegradable, 100% ecological and 100% chrome-free!
– Did you know
… only about 10% of the fashion industry uses vegetable tanning to process the hides in a pure and natural way without using any harmful chemicals?
It is a more complex, costlier and slower method of tanning which demands in-depth expertise from the tanneries. Therefore, 90% of the fashion industry default to the more popular and controversial tanning method, chrome-tanning.
Due to the use of chromium salts, this method is very detrimental to the environment and particularly damaging to human health. Despite these significant disadvantages, chrome-tanning is so widespread as it is quicker process which can be automated and carried out within one day.
– Because tradition and craftsmanship matter
At Petit Nord, we have made the conscious decision to produce and source all our products and materials in Europe. We believe in supporting small family-run workshops, where craftsmanship, tradition, and passion for the trade is embedded deeply in the family’s roots.
Our shoes are hand-made in three to four different small family-run workshops in Portugal.
Our knitwear is hand-knitted in a small workshop in Estonia. The knitters are a combination of retired elderly women and young single mothers seeking an extra income. They all have the freedom to knit at home at their leisure or gather at their local workshop on Saturdays. Our skilled seamstresses in Poland help us realize our timeless shearling designs.
– AW18 – SHOES
We are excited to reveal that all our insole linings are now 100% ecological and chrome-free. We present our very first ecological leather range for all our outdoor shoes in 6 colors: Black, navy, grey, cognac, brown and olive. The leather applied here is 100% vegetable tanned, 100% biodegradable, 100% ecological and 100% chrome-free!
The leather welts on our waterproof shoes are made out of 100% recycled leather. This means the welts made up of comprised left-over leather scraps from production taking us one step closer to reaching our continuous goal of minimizing waste where we can.
Today our soles are made up of Thermoplastic Rubber material, a light-weight material that ensures stability while maintaining flexibility. These material properties are essential to create shoes that offer the utmost protection and comfort for little feet. Whilst we are very pleased with this product, we are on the lookout for a more sustainable material which still satisfies all the above-mentioned needs.
At Petit Nord, we have chosen to pursue the path of vegetable tanning. This process is associated to tradition and craftsmanship and has a much less negative impact towards the environment and to our children’s health.
Our chrome-free journey has just started and we have so much more to achieve. We wish to expand our collection with even more sustainable materials, eventually solely promoting 100% sustainable footwear. We are happy to have begun this process….as it just makes so much more sense to us.
Petit Nord exclusively uses Spanish shearling skins that are a by-product of the meat industry. It is our ambition only to use ecological and chrome-free shearling skins in the very near future. We are currently testing this option.
– FUR-ADORNED KNITWEAR
Petit Nord’s fur-adorned knitwear design is inspired by the every-changing Scandinavian weather. We only use 100% natural wool embellished with hand-made 100% natural rabbit fur pompoms. Petit Nord deliberately only uses rabbit fur as the animals are by-product of the meat industry, making these natural materials sustainable in every way.
In our small fur collection, we only use rabbit fur, where the skins are a by-product of the meat industry. These rabbits are not farmed for their fur compared to fox and mink. All our rabbit fur is in its natural state and color.
Lastly, we are in the process of introducing 100% recycled cardboard shoe boxes and wrapping paper.
The to-do list is never ending, but we are doing our part to achieve our goal.