20 Nov '11, 12pm

Unacceptable Chemical Levels Detected in Tests of Leather Gloves

Unacceptable Chemical Levels Detected in Tests of Leather Gloves

Although the subject of wearing fur or leather divides many in the green community, as long as people eat meat, the skin of animals remains a source of a potentially durable, natural material for making clothing and accessories. But in a recent review by German eco-friendly consumer protection magazine OekoTest , only two of seventeen gloves tested passed. Thirteen were rated unsatisfactory, and two as inadequate. The good news first: one of the gloves found acceptable was from H&M, a global consumer fashion concern. The other pair of passing gloves came from a high-end German glove manufacturer Bernd Vojtisek. Although natural tanning processes are available, a common argument against using them -- according to Rico Wappler, a glove manufacturer who uses the natural process, in OekoTest -- is that the chemical process produces a more consistent appearance; in the fashion ...

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