THE SUN POND
3. ENVIRONMENT


Mossop environmental Sustainable Development Goals are represented by three cows found at the Sun Pond.
3.1 Climate Action
3.2 Clean Water and Sanitation
3.3 Life on Land

We believe leather is the most sustainable material because in essence it is a recycling business. We convert a by-product into a commodity by taking a food waste product destined for landfill and recycling by adding science, skill, technique and lots of love. Mossop transforms thousands of tons of waste a year into a valuable product utilised in footwear, belts and furniture. At Mossop, our raw hides are source from by-produce of food industry’s pasture raised cattle, which adds value to the integrity of that supply chain. Producing leather sourced and produced responsibly. The most sustainable choice a person purchasing their next shoes, belts, or sofa is to make sure it is made of our leather.


3.1 CLIMATE ACTION

One of the significant measures of our LEATHERPRINT is the reduction of carbon emissions. By sourcing responsibly, reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, and recycling our raw material, we can critically combat climate change and its impact.

FAST FACT: We have reduced our coal consumption by 28% in a period of five years to date.We are in advanced stages of evaluating the implementation of a solar energy system which will provide 55% of our electricity from a renewable green resource. Further reducing our need for fossil



Chemical suppliers: Our Chemical suppliers actively measure the impact of their product on the entire supply stream and ensuring they comply with the EU restricted substance list. They are also looking at carbon emissions and how they can reduce them to a minimum.  They are achieving this in the following ways:
  Reduced CO2 emissions by 10% in 2020  
- Sourcing green energy
- Investing in long-term efficiency gains at our manufacturing sites. Life Cycle Assessment  
The Life Cycle Assessment
- The Life Cycle methodology allows our supplier to measure a product's environmental impact to help us reduce our ecological footprint. 



Reducing waste to landfill: We implement several recycling initiatives at the tannery to reduce waste in landfills.
- Hides that do not make the grade are recycled back into our system to create laminated leather for the local school shoe market. The production of laminated foil uses recycled materials from the plastic industry. 
- We sort our scrap paper for recycling on-site to be reused as palp on its return to the mill. 
- Blue Recycling containers: The containers are available at the various checkpoints in the tannery to collect offcuts from the leather making process, sold by our factory shop.


Transport and Innovation. - We source over 70% of our rawhides from within Southern Africa, minimising transportation carbon footprint.

- In addition to sourcing locally, we have also set up depots in our important market territories with key stock lines. In this way, we are limiting the amount of shipment taking place on our roads.

- We have also implemented new machinery at the tannery which uses fossil fuels more effectively. These include our drying room, our boiler, as well our electric forklifts.


3.2 CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

Ensuring that we are processing our water correctly and responsibly is essential in ensuring we safeguard our environment and its ecosystems which it supports.

DID YOU KNOW: Our effluent is treated to comply with stringent requirements of our local municipality. We conduct weekly test on our discharged effluent at an accredited laboratory to ensure full compliance to bylaws.


3.3 LIFE ON LAND

DID YOU KNOW: Mossop leather, as part of its manifesto to our life on land, planted a garden. Our garden aims to provide a sanctuary for Flora and Fauna alike. The African honey bee is attracted to the nectar generated from the Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra), which fertilises the plants and provides more abundant food for birds, insects, and other small animals. The garden will also sequester around two tons of carbon emissions per year.



Land/conservation: In South Africa we in the fortunate position of having natural Savannah (Rangelands, Australian Alps montane grassland) which has always been home to large herbivore herds. Our suppliers’ large tracts of grazing are strategically monitored to allow for rotation for our pasture-raised and grain-fed cattle. Where soil erosion could or has taken place, they have implemented water stream rehabilitation. Our primary raw material is locally traceable and without risk of deforestation.



Waste management: Our raw hide suppliers’ groundwater is tested regularly by the Institute for Groundwater Studies at the University of the Free State. Effluent dams collect feedlot run-off, which provides essential water for irrigation. Our suppliers make use of manure on its fields, which is more eco-friendly and increases soil fertility, water retention and the absorption rate of the soil.


Locally sourced hides: Sourcing over 70% of our rawhides locally gives us real-time traceability into our primary raw material.  Our suppliers’ cattle are individually identified and have their movement traced throughout their lives. It is essential for two reasons: it supports the control and eradication of certain diseases, affecting other ecosystems if not controlled. The other being that it protects consumers by ensuring both hides and food products are fully traceable and safe.  A commissioned environmental impact study of our supplier's cattle feeding was completed and approved by the Department of Environmental Affairs in 2007. Due to the natural grasslands, our suppliers do not engage in deforestation or desertification. Strategic monitoring to allow for rotation of pasture-raised and grain-fed cattle assists in regenerative processes. 


3.3 LIFE ON LAND

Locally sourced hides: Hides are obviously the key building blocks of our business. Ensuring that we purchase from suppliers who echo the same sentiments is important to our climate action.

Fast Facts



Our hide suppliers’ business practices underpin good animal husbandry and strict adherence to health and safety regulations. Their electronic identification tag system ensures that their cattle are traceable from the farm to the raw product. Our hides come from bovine, which requires time, dedication, and a fundamental understanding of the animal to raise a healthy specimen Our primary supplier is certified IS0 22000.