Leather furniture that gets junked often will often not be stripped of its upholstering and just left in a landfill to rot away. This process can take centuries and leaches dangerous heavy metals and chemical dyes into the ground.
If this leather is not left on to decompose, it is collected in mass to be incinerated in order to reclaim the chromium, magnesium, and other elements which are used in tanning new leather. The burning of upholstery leather produces hazardous off-gasses which enter the atmosphere and the air we breathe.
By removing the leather from scrapped furniture before it is junked, Victory Project helps prevent harmful chemicals, dyes, metals, and fumes from entering the ground and air.
By choosing to buy upcycled leather, you are not only helping prevent old leather from contributing to a landfill or air pollution, but also stopping new leather from needing to be made. Every hide we strip off of a sofa is one hide that doesn't need to be made.
Leave the leather where it belongs.
One man's trash is another man's treasure
One night while biking home, our founder Victor stumbled upon a big leather couch that had been dragged out to the curb. Already sewing bags and strapped for materials, Victor was curious to see if he could make use of the abandoned sofa leather.
After some dissecting, he quickly realized the quality of the hides used to upholster furniture was easily on-par with what the leather dealers sold. Excited by the new possibilities this discovery might unlock, Victor bundled up the stripped-off leather and biked home.
With thorough washing, scrubbing, and brushing the once-discarded upholstering had turned into beautiful, usable leather. The material's durability and color had remained steadfast as ever, even through its years as a chair.
Looking to fashion more upcycled upholstery leather into bags and accessories, the Victory Project team located a furniture junk yard to collect all of the usable material off of leather furniture that gets dropped off. This partnership will prevent hundreds of pounds of leather from being junked every year.
Most of the time the process of tanning leather is extremely impactful on the local ecology, releasing toxic dyes, tanning acid, and other chemical runoff into nearby streams and rivers. Often the areas most affected by the negative byproducts of leather production are low-income communities who rely on the land to be healthy for growing food.
The creation of leather involves millions of cows and pigs being slaughtered every year around the globe, further perpetuating the environmental catastrophe that is factory farming.