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Facts ~ Is Cattle farming linked to Global Warming

Being an animal friendly (vegan) footwear company, research is fundamental to us so we can strive to become better at what we do. During our research, we always come across interesting facts on the animal farming industry. Not just for food consumption but for the fashion industry. Sometimes wearing a stylish leather jacket or carrying a luxury leather handbag is fashionable to some people.  But I am going to take you on a ten minute tour to the leather production circle.

First destination is a farm, specifically a cow farm.  Here is the first number you should know; a cow releases average 70 to 120 kg of Methane each year and Methane is 23 times higher than CO2 effect on global warming1.  Here is a simple math calculation to show you these scientific equations: 100kg Methane=2,300kg CO2; 2,300kg CO2=1,000 liters of petrol; 1,000 liters of petrol=12,500 km drive (estimating a car using 8 liters of petrol per 100 km), what does this mean?  The answer is that raising a cow equals to driving a distance of 12,500 km; this is the basis of one year greenhouse gas emission. ~Amazing numbers right?

Now let’s take a look at the tannery.  Now the process of how we get the cow to the tannery to the end product is not something that we like to discuss at Colourful Grass as it is as bit too cumbersome. Before leather goods are produced, workers will tan the raw hides to refine the leather and make it durable.  According to Blacksmith Institute’s The World’s Worst Toxic Pollution Problems Report 20112, estimating 2.5 to 4 million people in the world are at risk of Chromium pollution from tannery.  That being said, a lot of the tanneries are established in third world countries where the population is not aware of its effect on their environment and waters. Neither do they have the ability to recover with appropriate resources from such destruction. This is why and how important we believe it is at Colourful Grass to become aware of these statistics and facts so that every person can make a better choice in their purchases.

We believe that utilizing non animal by products in our footwear is a key fundamental to not only improving our environmental footprint but the impact it makes on the people.

Thank you for taking the time to read and visit us at www.colourfulgrass.com

Source: 1. Are cows the cause of global warming? at Timeforchange.org

2. The World’s Worst Toxic Pollution Problems Report 2011

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