Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Better than Uggs!!

One of my favorite things about this time of year is wearing my yummy, soft sheepskin boots. Unfortunately, like most leathers, sheepskins are often treated with harsh chemicals and dying agents that could end up in the environment. In addition, since much of the less expensive leathers are dyed in places like India and China, there are often environmental health concerns for the workers doing the dying. Often, dying is done by hand without appropriate protection.

Well, I have good news. Warmbat, an Australian company (just like Uggs), just started selling great sheepskin boots made from "Eco-Friendly Sheepskin™". Here are some details:

  • Eco-Friendly Sheepskin™ products are tanned with chrome-free tanning agents that are friendly to the environment as they can be recycled and biodegraded.
  • Eco-Friendly Sheepskin™ process uses chemicals which do not contain harmful chemicals to operatives or the environment.
  • Eco-Friendly Sheepskin™ process permits the main process liquors to be recycled in chrome-free tanning innately.
  • Eco-Friendly Sheepskin™ process liquors not recycled can be safely discharged into fluent treatment plants. Chemicals used in Eco-Friendly Sheepskin™ do not interfere with the physical, chemical and biological treatment systems.
You can buy them here or find a local store (NOTE: only some of their boots are made from the eco-friendly stuff, so look for the logo in the description) :

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