Apart from supporting local business do you know why it is SO important to support 100% Australian made? Through this little blog post, I will endeavour to help educate, and show you the difference between 100% Australian made and made overseas.
Firstly, did you know Australia has one of the highest EPA standards in the world? This means Australia has the some of the highest health and safety standards... This doesn't just mean the standards workers have to labour in, but also chemicals used within all processes, the way chemicals are disposed and also the quality and standard of the product in which we produce.
Sheepskin has to go through a huge process before it is able to be used for making products, Chemicals have to be used to treat sheepskin to turn it into the wonderfully soft product you know and love. Being Australian made, we have to spend a lot of money disposing of chemicals in the most economical way possible for the environment. Also, we are only able to use certain levels of chemicals to meet Australia's very strict EPA standards. If the sheepskin is tanned overseas, for example, China or India, there are not these same levels of health and safety. Any chemicals can be used, and you have no idea how the chemicals are disposed of and/ or dispersed into the environment. These dangerous chemicals can still be traced on sheepskin products and this is why it is so important to stick to Australian made sheepskin.
If you would like to read more about the Victorian EPA standards please see the link http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/
So why else is it important to support 100% Australian made?
Well ... Not only is it becoming harder and harder to stay 100% Australian with so much product being able to be cheaply made in China, but another great point is that you know exactly where your product comes from. We purchase our skins directly from local abattoirs, so all our skins are sourced as a by-product of the meat industry. No animals are killed for the purpose of our product. Local Aussie farms also have the own health and safety standards to uphold, so the treatment of their animals is vital. This sort of information we share openly, which would be near impossible to see from overseas companies.
What should you be careful of?
Be wary of Made in Australia swing tags, as a product doesn't have to be 100% Australian made to qualify to have this label. for the "made in Australia" swing tag, a product only has to be at a minimum 50% made in Australia. in comparison, the standards for the swing tag "product of Australia" is a lot higher in which almost the entire product has to be sourced and made in Australia to be able to qualify for the swing tag. Please see the source link attached http://www.findlaw.com.au/articles/4436/the-requirements-for-an-australian-made-good-or-pr.aspx
So what questions do you ask if you unsure whether a sheepskin product is 100% Australian made?
Ask where the sheepskin is sourced, Australian sheepskin, more specifically Australian merino sheepskin is the most durable and the best sheepskin for footwear. Ask where the sheepskin is tanned, This is the most important question if you a concerned about health and safety standards on the environment, and if you are concerned about the level of dangerous chemicals used. Ask where the product is actually made, be careful with this question and make sure all parts and processes are done within Australia. For any of these questions don't be afraid to ask for evidence, maybe an address or a website which backs up their information. If you would like to see our sources please see the link https://www.urtamilcinema.com/about/roman-tannery
We have great pride in our process, in staying 100% Australian and also in making a quality product which not only looks good but is as sustainable for the environment as it can be. We hope you find this little blog post insightful and hope it helps you make an educated decision when you when you next decide to buy a Sheepskin product.