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                                                                                Greening ’Nam
            GREEN                                                               ISA Tan Tec steps up its
                                                                                LITE Leather processing at
                                                                                a brand-new eco-tannery.
                                                                                                                       ON JAN. 23, ISA Tan Tec, a tan-
            STREET                                                                                                     nery business headquartered in
                                                                                                                       Germany and China, cut the rib-
                                                                                                                       bon on a shiny new factory in Sai-
                                                                                                                       gon, Vietnam, officially beginning
                                                                                                                       a new chapter in leather produc-
                                                                                                                       tion. At this state-of-the-art facil-

      Less Is More                                                                                                     ity, ISA Tan Tec plans to elevate
                                                                                                                       its “eco-friendlier” processes to
                                                                                                                       achieve higher benchmarks with
      Snipe targets low-impact shoppers                                                                                its LITE (Low Impact To the En-
      with enduring quality and style.                                                                                 vironment) Leather materials.
                                                                                                                          “The demand for leather pro-
                                                                                                                       duced in an environmentally
                                     BAUHAUS DESIGN IS having some-             friendly way is growing rapidly,” notes company founder and manag-
                                     thing of a moment—and Spain-based,         ing director Thomas Schneider, who anticipates the Saigon facility
                                     Portugal-made Snipe is now importing       will produce 2 million square meters of leather per year in a cleaner
                                     its fresh take on the marriage of com-     fashion than any other tannery out there. For 15 years, ISA Tan Tec’s
                                     mercial and high design to the United      factories have been based in China, but three years ago the country—
                                     States. By developing shoes that incor-    faced with frightening levels of air and water pollution—put strict
                                     porate green materials and offer time-     limitations on the growth of industries contributing to the problem.
                                     less design, Snipe hopes have a positive   Schneider decided a move was in order. While the leather producer
                                     impact on the ecological situationand      has made great strides in cleaning up its Guangzhou manufacturing
                                     address LOHAS customers—those              (the exec says ISA Tan Tec is one of the world’s top tanneries in terms
                                     who aim for a Lifestyle Of Health And      of having the lowest energy and water consumption), the opportunity
                                     Sustainability, says global brand man-     to build a plant from scratch let it up the eco ante yet again. Between
                                     ager Jan Brinkmann
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