From 2008 to 2015, 100% of VEJA leather was already vegetable-tanned leather.
However, since 2015, given that the costs were prohibitive and the quality not up to par, we turned back.
Now, vegetable tanning is used on 10% of VEJA styles. All of our leathers are now tested and meet REACH standards ; they do not contain any chrome VI.
The laces aren't made of organic cotton, because there isn't enough volume.
The eyelets don't contain
nickel but are made of metal we didn't source ourselves.
The pigments used to dye leather, rubber and cotton aren't natural products.
We used natural dyes made from plants and minerals in 2012 and 2013 on 40% of our production, but the quality of the reds wasn't up to our standards.
In order to get stable color, without fading, for now VEJA needs to use conventional dyes, which meet European REACH standards.
Fair trade certification
Why did we decide to stop renewing our Fair Trade certification ?
In 2012 and 2013, fair trade certification for our cotton branch cost 25,000 euros. During the same period, we purchased nearly 62,000 euros worth of organic cotton from the different producers we work with.