A ten-point decalogue. The declaration of Cuoio di Toscana aims to set the quality and ethical standards of the Consortium, assuming the role of guarantor both towards the international brands that use its products, and towards the final consumer. The Consortium has always been committed to ensuring respect for the environment. The vegetable tanned sole leather industry is sustainable by nature: it involves an age-old production process that has remained the same over the centuries, and is a virtuous example of circular economy
No animal is killed for the sole purpose of using its skin. Sole leather derived from non-intensive livestock farming and cruelty-free slaughtering methods are essential prerequisites for Cuoio di Toscana
The use of the tannin is sustainable because the plant species from which it is obtained either grow spontaneously from suckers (as in the case of chestnut), or are grown in nurseries and continually replanted at each cutting cycle (as in the case of mimosa and quebracho).
The producers are also supplementing their certification in accordance with the PEFC standard (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes), which further ensures proper and sustainable management of the plant resources from which the tannins are obtained.