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AFENDS SUSTAINABILITY

Our Factories

Leather Factory.

COUNTRY

Jinhua, Zhejiang, China

EMPLOYEES

37% Female
63% Male

FOUNDED

2004

YOUNGEST EMPLOYEE

20 Years Old

WORKING WITH AFENDS SINCE

2018

Our leather goods supplier has been busy producing high quality and long-lasting leather goods for over 15 years. We are super stoked to have partnered up with them in 2018 to work together on the development of our latest range of vegetable tanned leather belts and wallets.

Why We Love Them

With over 15 year’s experience in leather production, our supplier is well-established and understands the need for employing highly skilled staff that are essential to producing premium vegetable tanned products. This artisan process of tanning values a slower life and is the most eco-friendly process within the leather industry.

 

Vegetable tanned leather refers to the tannage or method of tanning the cowhide into the leather. The process uses natural materials such as bark, leaves and fruit skins which are all free from harmful chemicals and results in a more natural and organic finish. Vegetable Tanning is one of the oldest methods of tanning known to man and has literally been around for centuries. Still done by hand, some products can take up to 6 weeks to complete and adds a unique touch to every product.

 

One of the great advantages of vegetable tanned leather is the high durability and strength it creates, ensuring the product will last you a lifetime only getting better with age as well as being biodegradable. As long as you use and maintain your vegetable-tanned leather product, you consume less and will be diminishing your footprint on the environment.

 

At Afends we are committed to the journey towards payment of a living wage to all factory workers and value the importance of our factory’s employees being well-treated and working within a clean and safe working environment that meets legal standards. As per their 2018 audit, it was reported by the auditee who calculated decent living wages, based on payroll records of a selection of randomly selected employees they were all paid higher than the local decent living wage. 

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