Stahl has teamed up with the Mongolian Government, Dutch government, MIM (Made in Mongolia) and other companies to support Mongolian tanneries in establishing a more sustainable industry. The first concrete project is help setting up of Mongolia's first sustainable tannery. Apart from providing advice and assistance to make Mongolian tanneries sustainable, we do the same at sites where shoes, bags and clothing are produced.
Mongolian leather sector
Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Mongolian leather industry saw very little development. The tanners mainly use local chemicals, which means international safety and environment standards were not always respected. As the economy in Mongolia is growing and the government encourages green development, the spotlight has started to shine on sustainability in recent years.
Along with the famous Dutch fashion designer Hans Ubbink, MVO Nederland and other Dutch companies in the apparel industry, we want to do our part. Together we initiated a project to help tanners develop their production processes and improve the quality of their leather. This will quickly help the tanners to offer products to the global market and provide them with more opportunities to take matters into their own hands.
Sustainability label: ADUU MAL
Since the partnership started in 2013, more and more Mongolian tanners are using new technologies and products that are less harmful to the environment. Tanners who participate in our project are particularly well rewarded with a certification, which allows them to annotate their products with a Mongolian sustainability label: ADUU MAL. This label helps them to increase their market share. At the same time, the label signals Dutch consumers that leather shoes, bags or jackets from Mongolia are produced in the most sustainable manner.
The production process of products with the ADUU MAL label is as sustainable as possible. Firstly, we have educated Mongolian tanneries on the production of chrome-free leather and on the processing of those specific horse hides that would not have been tanned otherwise. Secondly, any wastewater is purified and reused. Finally, tanners, tailors and shoemakers are assured of good working conditions and earn fair wages.