Eco-Friendly Accessories: Belts by Blake Goods
Fun fact: when I was 4 years old I was bitten by a horse.
That bite didn’t give me hooves or made me laugh louder, instead it might have become a reason of my strong interest in everything horse-related. So when Blake Goods contacted me to try one of their 5 equestrian-inspired belts, I neighed happily.
Jessie, the founder of Blake Goods, grew up with horses. I grew up in traffic jams, but I share Jessie’s love for high quality rural leather. Especially if goods are produced sustainably: all leather the brand uses to make their belts is vegetable tanned and comes from one of the oldest American tanneries - Wickett & Craig.
Vegetable tanning is an eco-friendly alternative to another, more popular and wrong, method:
"90% of the world's commercially made leather is "chrome tanned," which quickly & inexpensively tans a raw hide into leather using a mix of chemicals including chromium. A major byproduct of chrome tanning is toxic wastewater with a detrimental environmental impact, especially in the developing countries where chemical tanneries are often located. " — blakegoods.com
Vegetable tanning makes the leather last longer, age beautifully, also it preserves natural smell of the leather and, as I mention earlier, saves the environment.
Once the leather is tanned, it goes through a finishing process that includes dyeing and "stuffing" with waxes and oils. In the beginning vegetable tanned goods are less flexible than chrome tanned ones. But it changes as you keep wearing a veg tanned belt or shoes: the leather breaks and becomes soft and buttery.
I have a belt that my mom used to wear until she gave it to me when I was 14 or 15 years old. The Circle Belt makes a very nice addition to my wardrobe, and who knows, maybe one day I will pass on the belt to my kids, too.