NEW LIFE FOR WILD DEER LEATHER

Ahlskog

Wild deer LEATHER

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Tanned goods from Kruunupyy

In order for us to create bags that truly stand the test of time, the used material must be of the highest quality. One of our material partners is Ahlskog, located in Kruunupyy, Finland.  They possess over 100 years of experience in leather production, as they have been operated since the 1920s.

Their strengths include not only high quality leather, but also a strict policy when it comes to environmental requirements. This shows strongly in e.g. their efforts to minimise water consumption in the production process: they use only around 15-20 litres per tanned hide. 

ESTABLISHED: 1945

EMPLOYEES: 8

LOCATION: KRUUNUPYY, SUOMI

From deer leather into bags

In order for us to make environmentally-smart choices, we need information. This is why we want to tell everything about where the leather from Ahlskog comes from and how they are treated. 

The deer leather utilised in Lovia bags all comes from Ahlskog’s factory, located in Kruunupyy. The leather hides come to Ahlskog as a result of population control hunting of the white-tailed deer. The species was originally brought into Finland from the US in the 1930s, and since then their population has grown explosively. And so, the population is regulated via hunting, to prevent any harm to the natural biodiversity of Finland. The hides utilised in our bags are collected from hunters and hunting clubs all around Finland.

The deer leather is dyed and tanned at the Ahlskog facility in a closely monitored process. Tanning is a phase in the leather processing, meant to increase the hide’s durability.. There are three different tanning methods being used at their factory: chrome tanning, vegetable tanning and synthetic (metal-free) tanning. The last of these is the most ecological option, but currently only in marginal use in the production of the factory. The last of these is the one used in the new materials produced for Lovia.

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Greetings from Kruunupyy

“It is important for us to utilise mainly Finnish raw materials: reindeer and deer. Reindeer is locally produced, lived in nature and as an excess of meat production is derived leather. On the other hand, the deer population has grown so large that we can also utilise the population control derived hides. All in all, our aim is to always act in the most ecological way possible, by utilising only little water and by making sure the chrome in our process is handled correctly. The chemicals, that are the same ones used by the textile industry, all come from secured and safe European actors. 

We love how Lovia has progressed the transparency in our industry as well as the general theme of recycling. Visits to our factory and at times difficult questions from them are highly valued!”

-Mikko Uusitalo, Ahlskog

Always room for improvement

We are already doing some amazing things together with Ahlskog, but it is important to remember that putting less strain on our environment is a continuous development process. So, there is always room for improvement. 

Together with Ahlskog we share the vision for a chrome-free future, meaning that the use of chrome would be eliminated from the tanning process. Although chrome tanning is done responsibly at our partner Ahlskog, vegetable tanning would still be the preferred option for our planet. Currently, however, there are issues with the substance utilised with vegetable-tanning, and no perfect solution is available. We would love to have an alternative to chrome used in tanning, from a renewable, locally produced substance.

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Ahlskog

wild deer leather

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Tanned goods from Kruunupyy

In order for us to create bags that truly stand the test of time, the used material must be of the highest quality. One of our material partners is Ahlskog, located in Kruunupyy, Finland.  They possess over 100 years of experience in leather production, as they have been operated since the 1920s.

Their strengths include not only high quality leather, but also a strict policy when it comes to environmental requirements. This shows strongly in e.g. their efforts to minimise water consumption in the production process: they use only around 15-20 litres per tanned hide. 

ESTABLISHED: 1945

EMPLOYEES: 8

LOCATION: KRUUNUPYY, SUOMI

From deer leather to bags

In order for us to make environmentally-smart choices, we need information. This is why we want to tell everything about where the leather from Ahlskog comes from and how they are treated. 

The deer leather utilised in Lovia bags all comes from Ahlskog’s factory, located in Kruunupyy. The leather hides come to Ahlskog as a result of population control hunting of the white-tailed deer. The species was originally brought into Finland from the US in the 1930s, and since then their population has grown explosively. And so, the population is regulated via hunting, to prevent any harm to the natural biodiversity of Finland. The hides utilised in our bags are collected from hunters and hunting clubs all around Finland.

The deer leather is dyed and tanned at the Ahlskog facility in a closely monitored process. Tanning is a phase in the leather processing, meant to increase the hide’s durability.. There are three different tanning methods being used at their factory: chrome tanning, vegetable tanning and synthetic (metal-free) tanning. The last of these is the most ecological option, but currently only in marginal use in the production of the factory. The last of these is the one used in the new materials produced for Lovia.

Greetings from Kruunupyy

“It is important for us to utilise mainly Finnish raw materials: reindeer and deer. Reindeer is locally produced, lived in nature and as an excess of meat production is derived leather. On the other hand, the deer population has grown so large that we can also utilise the population control derived hides. All in all, our aim is to always act in the most ecological way possible, by utilising only little water and by making sure the chrome in our process is handled correctly. The chemicals, that are the same ones used by the textile industry, all come from secured and safe European actors. 

We love how Lovia has progressed the transparency in our industry as well as the general theme of recycling. Visits to our factory and at times difficult questions from them are highly valued!”

-Mikko Uusitalo, Ahlskog

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We do a lot of good but nowhere near perfect

We are already doing some amazing things together with Ahlskog, but it is important to remember that putting less strain on our environment is a continuous development process. So, there is always room for improvement. 

Together with Ahlskog we share the vision for a chrome-free future, meaning that the use of chrome would be eliminated from the tanning process. Although chrome tanning is done responsibly at our partner Ahlskog, vegetable tanning would still be the preferred option for our planet. Currently, however, there are issues with the substance utilised with vegetable-tanning, and no perfect solution is available. We would love to have an alternative to chrome used in tanning, from a renewable, locally produced substance.

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