Cotting & Vegan:

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What is Vegan? Today, we often hear about Veganism. The world is moving towards a society that is more protective of the environment and, through a “snow ball” effect, is leaning towards Veganism.

The term Vegan was created in 1944 by Donald Watson from the word Vegetarian and is defined as: “a lifestyle that combines an exclusively vegetable diet (vegetarianism) and refusing to consume any product (clothing, shoes, cosmetics, etc.) that is made from animals or their exploitation.

Are Cotting products Vegan? If we hold to the Larousse dictionary definition, our products can be considered as being Vegan because they are not made from animals. They can be used as substitutes for real hides as they have the same qualities: touch, handle, suppleness, sturdiness, etc. and are most often more efficient thanks to their industrial form, which makes it possible to re-use their scraps during production.

Furthermore, it is obvious that the idea of Veganism clearly suggests a will to protect the environment. We speak of “a choice of ethical consumerism that respects life and the sustainability of its habitat”.

Cotting wants to be a pioneer in environmental protection. Several procedures have been set up in this respect: Iso 140001, waste filtration, solvent systems replaced by strict aqueous ones, compliance with REACH standards, etc. Cotting is also part of international programmes that require recycling networks, such as Vinyl +, and which offer a circular economy.
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In spite of all the progress made, we are aware of the need to continue both our efforts and the development of research in order to reach a biocompatible production whose overall lifecycle must not only protect animals but their environment as well, and thus that of human beings.