All my products are made from sustainable materials. In my collection of bags I focus on 3 materials: vegetable tanned leather, recycled leather, and vegan materials like cork.
Vegetable tanned leather
I purchase my leather from Tempesti, a tannery in Tuscany, Italy, who are experts in vegetable tanning since 1946. The tanning process is an artisan tradition that has been in the family, for generations, mixing antique recipes and state-of-the-art technology. The tannery has made huge investments in sustainability, such as waste recycling and water -reuse, which makes them work in full respect of man and the environment.
The skins are aniline dyed, which is a transparent dye that penetrates all layers of the skin and leaves the leather with a natural finish that allows the natural grain to shine through.
Vegetable-tanned leather absorbs the traces of our life and reveals the signs of time. The colours of tannins give the leather a warm and brilliant shade that becomes more intense and over time and with daily use. Differences in tone and possible marks on the material make this leather genuine and natural.
Vegetable-tanned leather does not contain any toxic substance harmful to man and is highly tolerable for those who suffer from metal related allergies.
When your item is new, there is a risk of pigment rubbing off the leather as with any naturally dyed product. For the first few wears I recommend avoiding wearing dark leather onto light coloured clothing and being careful with wearing dark clothing, for example denim, in combination with light leather.
Cleaning & Caring
Exposure to water will create spots. However, this is a natural effect of vegetable tanned leather. In time these spots together will create the vintage look that is so characteristic for vegetable tanned leather.
If your product gets dirty, wipe it with a clean damp cloth. For extra care, and to avoid drying out and cracking of the leather, you can use a leather conditioner. This will give the leather a darker and more intense colour, so always try this on a non visible part of the bag, for example the bottom.
Never let you product dry near to, or on a heater t, but let it dry naturally or gently dry with a clean towel.
Choosing a product made by Anna Treurniet, means choosing a one-of-a-kind object that reflects the owner’s lifestyle.
Recycled Leather – Reincarnation of a couch
The bags in this collection are made of leather from old couches and chairs which where stripped to be reupholstered.
I saw hidden treasure in this “waste”, so I started collecting the leather from an upholsterer in the neighbourhood. The leather that normally would have been thrown away, is cleaned, and cut into new pieces for eco-friendly, stylish and functional bags and accessories.
Cleaning & Caring
I recycle the leather from old furniture. The colours are set in, the leather is supple and very well adjusted to wear already. Cleaning and caring is hardly necessary.
Like with new leather, however, you should never let you product dry near to, or on a heater, but let it dry naturally or gently dry with a clean towel.
Vegan Materials – Cork
Also known as cork-leather, this high quality cork fabric is produced from thin sheets of natural cork, obtained directly from the bark of the cork oak tree. These thin cork sheets are adhered to a fabric support backing. This process creates a soft and luxurious texture.
The cork I use, is purchased from Portugaliacork, in Portugal, a young and socially responsible company from the north of Portugal.
Cork oaks are not cut down to harvest cork, only the bark is harvested. The trees have a lifespan of over 200 years.Another great thing about cork: it reduces the greenhouse effect:It is estimated that every year cork oak forests retain up to 14 million tons of CO2!
The Anna Treurniet bags made of Cork-fabric are water-resistant, fade-resistant, lightweight, and vegan!
Cleaning & Caring
The membranes that make up the cork cells, contain a waxy substance called suberin, which does not allow the cork to absorb dust, dirt or moisture. Simply use water and a little soap to clean when necessary.