FEIT leathers are developed with a group of small, family-owned tanneries throughout Europe that focus on traditional, vegetable and metal-free tanning.
Most of the ingredients used in the tanning process have been employed for the last two thousand years. It was common to put the skins in pits with bark or wood of specific trees for a few months. Today, in order to expedite the process and to get a higher level of consistency, powdered extracts are commonly used.
The tanning process gets its name from the tannins, contained in most vegetables, employed to transform a skin. They are obtained mainly from three species of trees: Chestnut from Europe, which gives the leather a dark brown color; Quebracho from Argentina, which makes leathers flexible and creates a warm amber color; and Acacia from Brazil and South Africa, which imbues the leather with a rose–yellow color and a firm feeling.
The creation of synthetic materials requires the use of large amounts of energy, toxic chemicals, and petrol, which can't be destroyed - they become landfill. All FEIT products are made from natural materials that will eventually biodegrade and return to the Earth.
Fresh hides are mainly preserved with salt obtained, depending on the origin, from the sea or from caves. Lime is commonly used to prepare the skin and remove hairs, all excess is removed with water. As the drying process comes to a close it is traditional to use tallow and cod fish oil to finish off the job, giving the leather a rich hand feel and a nice scent.