IVN Naturleder– ecologically sound and transparent manufacturing We consistently follow the guidelines of the IVN ‘natural leather’ certificate, which prescribes the strictest requirements for contaminant levels and production conditions and prohibits the use of chrome-tanned leather. The ecologically sound and transparent manufacturing practices of our POLOLO manufacture in Bavaria have been certified since 2012. This certificate is granted by the International Association of Natural Textile Industry (IVN); it is the ‘IVN Best’ seal for leather and shoes, which is one of the best labels for textiles according to a statement issued by Greenpeace in April 2018.
Bio kreis – organic livestock farming in Germany. Founded in 1979, Biokreis e.V. is an association of 1,000 farmers and 120 workers. Its mission is to support ecological, regional agriculture and animal welfare. Our POLOLO moccasins in four colours is true craftsmanship from Franconia, Germany! Our production is certified since May 2016. The certification is based on the ‘IVN Naturleder’ seal. But on top the raw hide is also certified and must be sourced from organic livestock farming, meaning that species-appropriate farming and slaughtering practices have been used for the certified leather.
ECARF – certification for allergy-friendly products The ECARF Seal of Quality was first granted in 2006 and is a special certification for allergy-friendly products and services. The European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is headed by allergy specialists and dermatologists in close cooperation with Allergy Centre Charité. It certifies leather because many people are allergic to chromium. This contact allergy, which can be a reaction to chromates in shoe leather, is very challenging and represents a considerable burden that is difficult to overcome. All leather POLOLO shoes have been certified with the ECARF Seal since 2012.It is one of our priorities to produce shoes that are well tolerated by allergy sufferers and the sensitive feet of children.
Leather, one of the world’s oldest textile materials – is a natural product! It gives us breathable, steam-permeable and skin-friendly protection from the cold, from moisture and from foot injuries.
POLOLOs retain these natural qualities. Only vegetable materials are used for the tanning of our POLOLO leather, like the Valonea oak or the Tara fruit. Out of a feeling of responsibility for later generations, we uphold the highest ecological standards in our work. POLOLO is an active member of the Internationaler Verband für Naturtextilien (IVN). We consistently follow the exacting guidelines of the IVN certificate for natural leather („Naturleder“) that applies the strictest of requirements concerning contaminants content and manufacturing conditions, and prohibits the use of chrome-tanned leather. You can find out more about this on our blog.
- Use of vegetable or synthetically tanned leather
- no chrome-tanned leather and no using of other heavy metals
- The goal is to ensure the highest level of environmental and health protection
- The dyes used to colour the leather must be free from AOX and heavy metals.
- Coatings should generally not be used for leather finishing
- Raw hides are sourced from domestic animals kept for meat or milk production
- All processes in the production chain are certified and audited annually on site by an independent institute.
- Packaging and recyclability of the goods are inspected for environmental sustainability.
- Proof of fair and healthy working condition
- Certification is based on the ‘IVN Naturleder’ seal
- Just vegetable tanned nappa leather / no chrome leather
- The raw hide is also certified and must be sourced from organic livestock farming, meaning that species-appropriate farming and slaughtering practices have been used for the certified leather.
- Finishing is not permitted, and the leather therefore retains its natural characteristics, e.g. scars from insect bites
- Fair working conditions
- The bio kreis standard is based on a ‘transparent leather processing’ code: the leather must be consistently traceable back to the farmer!
About the Biokreis leather standard you can find more in our Interview with Ronja Zöls