About this project
We believe that your wallet, one of your most personal items that you carry with you daily, should represents what you stand for. A symbol and visual reminder for the power you have as a conscious consumer - to drive the change you want to see in the world.
At Tidal Vision, we believe sustainability should not be a compromise, so we set out to innovate sustainable ways to upcycle ocean byproducts.
We are starting with Alaska salmon leather, a true lifebood fish for Alaskan's, and a model for the world of what sustainable fishing can be.
By sourcing byproducts from sustainably managed fisheries, we can add value to their waste and empower them to compete against their pillaging competitors.
Sustainable fisheries make sacrifices for our ocean every day. They manage the populations of BOTH target and bycatch species, they don't harvest during crucial breeding seasons, and they don't use habitat damaging fishing methods.
At Tidal Vision, we want to support this level of care for our ocean's eco-systems. That is why we're upcycling sustainable ocean byproducts, and it starts with... The Salmon Leather Project.
We wanted to reduce waste and encourage sustainable fishing, but current aquatic tanning methods required harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde or chrome-based chemicals.
So we went back to the drawing board, and every ingredient in our proprietary aquatic tanning formula is certified as food-grade by the FDA. These natural vegetable-based tanning oils replace all the fish oils in the skin which preserves, strengthens, and gives our durable leather a familiar fragrance, similar to that of common cow leather tanned with vegetable oils.
To produce a high-quality product in an eco-friendly manner, we developed a vegetable based tanning method for turning fish skins into durable leather.
How durable is fish leather? Well our aquatic tanning expert here at Tidal Vision, Mike Ban, was making salmon leather in the 80's and some of his products are still around and being used today!
We worked around the clock this winter, with our chemist partners, and tweaked every one of the 24 step process in tanning salmon into leather to produce the same quality, but with vegetable based tanning oils.
We came to you, Kickstarters, to connect the final dots and bring this vision to life!
We couldn't be more excited to reduce waste and encourage sustainable fishing. Starting full scale manufacturing of these products requires purchasing cutting dies and custom tooling.
At Tidal Vision, we believe that the more byproducts we can upcycle from sustainable fisheries, the better! To make our products as affordable as possible, committing to full scale manufacturing was the only option.
By pre-selling to you Kickstarters while tanning the skins from the first Alaska salmon runs of the season, it allows us to offer you wholesale pricing for being our first customers.
Risks and challenges
Tidal Vision's team spent all winter perfecting our formula, an all vegetable-based tanning oil method. We are excited to finally bring it to you. We feel confident in our ability to tan our leather consistently to our high standards.
There are risks of delays on the manufacturing end of production, as we have never done a full "scale" ;) manufacturing run yet. We have been working with our factory to ensure a timely delivery, but there are many possible challenges that could come up along the way. We are confident we can address these challenges as they arise. Hopefully, we can deliver your rewards before this August.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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