HESHAN CITY--()--Fashion house Reef is bolstering its image as an ecological trendsetter in its field: The American company recently launched shoes certified with the LITE label („Low Impact to Environment“) on the market. Only products that are made with especially low energy and water consumption are awarded the LITE label. LITE leather is produced by German tannery ISA TanTec, which holds manufacturing facilities in China and Vietnam. Numerous well-known shoe manufacturers use ISA TanTec eco-leather, but without using the LITE label to mark them as especially eco-friendly.
“Reef is aware of the strong competitive edge to be gained by using the LITE label”
“Reef is aware of the strong competitive edge to be gained by using the LITE label,” says Thomas Schneider, founder and CEO of ISA TanTec. “After all, customers today expect the products they buy to have as little impact on the environment as possible. By using LITE leather, shoe manufacturers can prove they are taking their responsibility to climate protection very seriously.”
“Reef has for some years now been dedicated to keeping the amount of resources used in manufacturing processes as low as possible,” says Jeff Moore, President of Reef. “LITE leather lets us implement our strategy for sustainability even more effectively.” Reef has introduced a wide range of LITE leather products to global retail.
The basis of LITE certification is formed by the “carbon footprint”, which documents the carbon dioxide emissions per square meter of manufactured leather. The LITE standards are based on the already extremely strict standards of the Leather Working Group protocols on the average consumption of energy and water. The tannery only requires 21,5 megajoules of energy for one square meter of wet blue to finished leather, while according to the protocols the industry average is 61 megajoules in this category.
About ISA TanTec
ISA TanTec is a world leading producer of high quality leather for the shoe industry. Among the long-term customers are companies such as Timberland, Wolverine Group, Keen, The North Face, Patagonia or Reef. The tannery has made a name for itself in the industry as the forerunner in the development of eco-friendly manufacturing processes. The company achieved a turnover of 70 million $ in 2011. www.liteleather.com