No animal is killed for their leather. The hides are a by-product of the meat industry that, if discarded, would have a way greater environmental impact. Vegetable- tanned leather is biodegradable at the end of its life. Many substances used during the tanning process are recovered, recycled, and reused for different purposes, such as fertilizers or construction material.
paper republic is working to keep production waste as low as possible. In recent years, we have developed an efficient system to minimise or even avoid leather waste altogether. We punch the individual leather hides in the most resource-saving way possible, using up as much leather as we can. We use larger, imperfect leather scraps for prototypes of upcoming products, and produce keyrings, bag tags and bookmarks as gifts to customers out of smaller leftover leather pieces.
We develop small products (e.g., wallet, pen loop), parts of which can be made from leftover leather pieces. The smallest pieces are collected and sold at a reasonable price to customers who want to experiment or improve their leather crafting skills.
welcome to the jungle
In 2021, we took in plants from the former botanical university next to our workshop. As the university relocated, some plants were moved, but many were left in the greenhouse. We rescued several decade-old Ficus plants, palm trees and many more. A botanist from the university held a workshop for our team on how to care for the plants. We are now giving them a new life in our workshop.
waste separation & recycling
We see it as our duty to educate and inform our employees about waste management and sustainable behaviour. An employee from the Municipal Department for Waste Management & Street Cleaning (MA48) held a workshop about waste separation and recycling. In accordance with the guidelines, we set up a waste separation system in our office.