JOHNO du PLESSIS

HAND-STITCHED COWHIDE  / LEATHER RUGS, FURNITURE + ACCESSORIES  MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA

 

 

 

 

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leather + hide

    the sustainability or “greenness” of leather has always been a contentious issue. to those who are vegan probably for most vegetarians too there’s an insurmountable moral aspect to leather, whereas for those who willingly eat meat, the production of leather is an important secondary industry correlated to that of meat production whereby the main by-product is reused and converted into a new, higher-value product

rubber backing

    the rubber backing used, known as Insta-Lay, is manufactured from recycled tyre-rubber and provides excellent stability, as well as first-rate acoustic and cushioning properties. when pressure is released, the rubber-crumb granules swiftly return to their original shape, neither collapsing nor degrading over time. unlike other rubber products, the backing does not expand when warmed by under-floor heating or direct sunlight can cause a rug to ripple or saucer

workshop recycling

    all scrap leather, rubber, plastic and cellophane generated by the workshop is delivered to the Eco-Brick Exchange where it is ingeniously recycled into the manufacture of “bricks” used in constructing well-insulated dwellings for those in need of affordable housing

skills + training

    in 2002 an unemployed grandmother was trained in the semi-skilled art of hand-stitching. As her workload increased, she, in turn, trained other unemployed relations and today the family is in a position to provide for itself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ECOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES + SUSTAINABILITY