Anton Stöger GmbH - Gerberei
Salzburger Straße 20
5142 Eggelsberg - Austria

The tannery

For more than 120 years we produce vegetable tanned leathers. Primarily the leather is tanned in drums according to a proven recipe. 

Our high-quality leathers are manufactured due to the most progressive ecological procedures. The holistic view of the life cycle of the product is the centre of attention, i.e. resources-protective production, long life span with high value in use and environmental careful disposal possibility.

Only best raw skins of European cattle races from kind-fair animal husbandry are used.

Therefore a whole bundle of outstanding ecological characteristics is developed, which constitutes the product.

We guarantee that all upper and lining leathers are manufactured according to following yardsticks:

1. Absolutely chrome-free. Neither any chrome-containing products are used, nor has the leather during production contact with chrome-containing materials.

2. For the tannage we use polymer and vegetable tanning agents. Polymer tanning agents are manufactured on basis of acrylic and methacrylic acid. The vegetable tanning agents are regenerating raw materials. Particularly important tanning agents are:

-  Mimosa, is made of the bark of black acacias, which are cultivated on plantations. The plantations are in areas which cannot be used for other purposes or which are too bad for pastureland.  

-  Quebracho, a wooden tanning agent, which is also very efficient, because it contains only a little quantity of non-tannic agents. Since this tree grows very slowly, it is cut down in old age. Therefore the use of Quebracho is sometimes criticized, mostly with arguments, which have little objective background. Fact is that Quebracho is no precious wood and grows not in the tropical rain forests.   

-  Chestnut, is a wooden tanning agent of the European Chestnut. Only those trees, which are not usable for the furniture industry are used for the production of tannin.

-  Tara, is a tanning agent made of the fruits of the Tara bush, which mainly grows in Peru and India. The pulses are mostly used in the cosmetic industry. The tanning agent is obtained from the hulls, which actually are a waste product. Because of its characteristics Tara only can be used as accompanying tanning agent.             

3. The colouring is done with heavy metal-free colorants.

4. The used colorants correspond to the newest consumer article regulation.

5. Our leather also complies with the strict German PCP prohibition ordinance. The leather can be composted without residues.

So the important thing is the true worth of the product, and not bloomy advertising slogans like "eco…" or "bio…".