Skyeskyns, whose most premium quality sheepskins are machine washable, is now using mimosa bark to tan its sheepskins.
The switch to vegetable tanning is yet another step taken by the tannery, which aims to become carbon neutral. Skyeskyns uses skins from its own home-bred sheep or from other Scottish sheep farms, “minimising travel and using a waste product from the meat industry, and everything we do within the tannery and our entire process has sustainability at its core,” Jess Hartwell, Marketing Director, told local media. According to Hartwell, the veg tanning process it has adopted produces very soft, high-quality leather “in the most environmentally sustainable way possible.”
Established in 1983, Skyeskyns is the sole remaining commercial woolskin tannery in Scotland.