As an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Company, Cortina Leathers firmly adheres to all EPA guidelines and government regulations as part of a company-wide policy to maintain the sustainability of our environment.
While producing leather in the most responsible manner possible, we have a long-term commitment to respect the earth’s natural resources.
Our leathers are SCS Gold certified for low VOC emissions that qualify for many building rating systems, including LEED v4, BREEAM, WELL Building, and Living Building Challenge. SCS is a global leader in independent certification of environmental, sustainability, food quality and food purity claims. Over two decades, SCS has developed internationally recognized standards and certification programs aimed at spurring the highest level of environmental improvements, social accountability and product performance. Its programs span a wide cross section of the economy, recognizing accomplishments in agricultural production, food processing and handling, forestry, fisheries, flowers and plants, energy, green building, consumer and business product manufacturing, and corporate social responsibility.
Life Cycle of Leather
Leather begins as a by-product of the meat industry. The longevity of leather is unmatched by any other upholstery material 4 to 1 and is one hundred percent post-consumer recyclable. The beauty and distinction of leather increases with time.
Reduced Product Maintenance
All Cortina Leathers finishes are water-soluble; reducing the need for use of harsh chemical cleaners and solutions. Minor spots on our products can be washed off using lukewarm water and a mild soap. Water also replenishes the moisture content in the leather. Leather should never be cleaned with abrasive solvents, alcohol, or wax-based products.
Tanning & Finishing Process
Our line of chrome-free products, Showcase Eco and Harmony Eco, offers a biodegradable/ vegetable tanned leather alternative. This process is completed in one of the only tanneries that utilize separate equipment totally dedicated to the process of chrome-free tanning. ALL of our finishes used for both our chrome tanned and chrome-free tanned products emit well below the allowable VOC (volatile organic compounds) as established by the EPA. None of our pigments contain metals.
Additional Environmental Awareness
We have established an environmental team consisting of the President, Quality Manager, Maintenance and Technical Supervisor to monitor and maintain internal awareness and compliance. In addition, Cortina Leathers has its own water treatment process and our water is tested daily.
Leather is a by-product of the food industry.
If hides were not upcycled for use in upholstery, shoe-making, bag-making, etc., they would be disposed of through landfill or incineration, negatively affecting our environment. Instead, leather-makers such as Cortina use this material to produce one of mankind’s oldest products – one which is naturally beautiful, and which can be enjoyed for decades for a multitude of uses by people of all means – making it a far more eco-friendly product than the casual observer may possibly realize.
Companies today are increasingly enacting policies with regard to environmental sustainability and social responsibility with a view to ensuring they do their part to combat global warming and address the widening inequality being experienced in even the most developed economies.
Cortina is making sure we do our part, and we’re committed to doing so in tangible, data-driven ways so that we can measure our progress objectively, rather than simply ring-fencing aspects of our organization we feel good about and making bland statements around those, whilst soft-pedaling on things which may be less convenient to address. On that basis, we’re proudly working to the Future-Fit organization’s mission and benchmarking objectives; something we very willingly commit to in the knowledge that whilst this may be challenging, and a journey rather than a destination, it’s the right thing to do.