Continuing an ancient tradition to avoid food leftovers going to waste
Iceland is a big fisherman nation surrounded by the ocean. For hunderds of years, their ancestors have used fish skins for example as shoes warming their feet. "Icelanders have always been highly sustainable living on the condition of nature, finding use for all things", Sigurlaug from the factory explains. In the big picture, fish skins leftover from food production are unfortunately rarely utilised and despite the high quality, end up to waste.
Salmon leather as a material is thin, soft and very strong. Salmon lives wild in the North Atlantic ocean, and returns to Icelandic rivers to breed. Salmon for human consumption is also farmed in sea pens off Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway. All the skins used by Atlantic Leather are sourced from companies producing for salmon food in the Nordic countries.
Atlantic Leather is located in Sauðárkrókur, a small but vibrant community of roughly 3000 inhabitants, located in the heart of Skagafjörður, Iceland. 20 years ago, the founder Friðrik Friðriksson got an idea to bring her ancestors' skills to modern times and to produce high class fish leather out of the by-product of the fish industry. One man‘s trash is another man‘s treasure.
–In Iceland we are really fortune as we have plenty of hot water from geothermal sources. We can rely on the power of nature also in fish leather production. All our electricity also comes from a hydroelectric power station, Sigurlaug Eysteinsdóttir of the tannery Atlantic Leather explains.