MiM LLC

Darkhan Sum, 4th bag.

Darkhan Uul Aimak, Mongolia

zack[@]madeinmongolia.nl

phone: +976 88088226,

Mongolia

matthea[@]madeinmongolia.nl

phone: +31(0)616070602,

The Netherlands

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ADUU MAL

 

Regarding sustainability the most fundamental criterium for ADUU MAL is creating transparency in the supply chain. This to realistically face matters for improvement and effectively explore more sustainable solutions. It's an ongoing process,

Depending on the type of leathers produced for the customer, targets are set and refined. 

The first set of icons below illustrate issues in the value chain that require care and attention in developing sustainable leathers, and more specifically for developing those in Mongolia. 

When second set indicates additional standards for leather goods, and information to be communicated when selling those transparently in accordance with the ADUU MAL standards. Sharing the information provides buyers not only inside on the background of their product, but tells how to recycle.

The ADUU MAL team in Mongolia can support brands to connect locally to producers of leather goods.

Members of CSR The Netherlands: MYOMY - do goods, Donders Fashion, Traced Goods, M2M, Christiaan Maats, Macintosh Retail/Ingrid Weijers, the leather commission of CSR The Netherlands, Hans Ubbink, Made in Mongolia & Stahl.

Traceable value chains

We track the whole value chain from the animals up-to the leathers. Hides & skins are traceable as deriving from Mongolian animal live-stock.

Tannery management

Health, Safety and social issues at a factory workplace are monitored at the tanneries involved. People are trainend in the ADUU MAL values, use the self-assessment tool "The Tannery of the Future" provided by CSR The Netherlands, and we involve LWG (The Leather Working Group) to connect to the Mongolian tanneries and motivate them for their assessments. We support the production of leathers without chromium and tanning only with REACH compliant products.

Energy for life

We embrace technology able to reduce the use of energy in the process. In Mongolia currently the supply of energy is for all tanneries centrally organized by the municipal power plant - as is hot water.

Water for life

We apply technologies able to reduce the amount of water needed and which are less demanding for the waste water treatment. Some tanneries in double face have an own waste water recycling system. In general the tanneries in Mongolia are connected to a central waste water treatment plant - and are monthly monitored by government agencies with laboratory checks.

Better reduce the use of salt

Salt is harmful for the water and nature. In Mongolia's cold winter season it's possible to avoid the use of salt in preservation of raw-hides. In tanning it's now possible for a large range of leathers to avoid -with  STAHL Easy White - the use of salt completely. We aim at reducing the use of salt were and whenever we can.

Biodegradable

Chrome tanned leathers can't dissolve in soil and litter on the long rum the environment. We prefer to work with biodegradable and non-toxic tanning agents. For the finishing of leather new developments and alternatives are in the making.

Free roaming animals

We can ascertain animals were not abused by caging; long distance transports to abattoirs; stressful slaughtering practices and to much use of preventive antibiotics. We guess all people are against this in the end. Therefor we wish people to appreciate better the great natural value of the raw materials supplied by the Mongolian herders even when minor natural damages are shown on the surface of the material. All hides are from Mongolian origin and can be traced back with vouchers. No such stressful caging have so far be witnessed in Mongolia and has never been associated with the herders live style.

Treatment of raw materials

In 95% of the cases in Mongolia cattle and love-stock is killed for their meat on small scale in the domestic spheres of the herders. For the leather industry it sometimes difficult. In the herder compounds the absence of machinery to skin the raw materials makes it hard to avoid damaging flay cuts on the skins.  Also the long transportation distances to carry the hides & skins to its destiny are demanding for the preservation of the skins, and its risky for the fibre quality. To commercialize and likewise protect existing livelihood requires training to the herders to improve skills for preservation and the organization of the protective transport system for the leather industry. Designers are already most supportive with the introduction of leather-designs profiling the slight damages as unique features - as the leathers are both a product from nature and from the industry. It can never be completely alike unless you turn it into plastics.

Tanning takes time

Tanning leathers is not a one-day-done-deal. Tanning takes time, care and the attention of highly professional experts. Most leathers and furs follow a total production process of 2 to 8 weeks from soaking to finishing. Tanning time also has consequences for the demand of water and electricity - it's a challenge to find the right balance. We consider it most enlightening to realize how refined the work of making leathers and furs actually is. We look for customers interested to look at a production both in time- and with time. When buying leathers very cheap - somewhere something can't be right.

The tailor makes it...

ADUU MAL stimulates the use of biodegradable and requires traceable quality products. In assembling leather goods it concerns awareness in the selection of the lining, yarns, glues (Camel bone glue), zippers and button (YKK).  

Scissor proof

The way a product is designed, and the leather has to be cut determines how much pieces of leather will be wasted. Conscious design and the re-use of leather cuttings as part of the design is what we call "scissor proof " 

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ADUU MAL

 

Regarding sustainability the most fundamental criterium for ADUU MAL is creating transparency in the supply chain. This to realistically face matters for improvement and effectively explore more sustainable solutions. It's an ongoing process,

Depending on the type of leathers produced for the customer, targets are set and refined. 

Genuine sheep leather

Leathers are only called sheep- leather it is sheep leather.

Sheep are the main livestock of herders. In Mongolia mutton is almost part of the daily menu. It's uncommon to consume lambs meat. The selection of sheep killed relate to breading practices - and keeping a live-stock strong. ADUU MAL considers this is good practice and doesn't promote or support the productions of baby mutton - leathers.

Genuine Cow Leather

Leathers are only called cow or yak leathers when it is cow or it is yak leather.

Cow leathers from Mongolia are under valued, its usually more the yak- leather that''s much in demand because of its attractive cultural feel. Mongolian cows which are relatively small and strong due to climate actually deserve a similar reputation as the heroes from steppe.

Genuine goat leather

Leathers are only called goat- leather when it is goat leather.

One can't have to many horses in a live-stock but can have to many goats. Goats, when kept to many are a treat to the environment provoking desertification. In recent decades herders increased the heads of goats in their regular live-stock in support of the annually expanding cashmere industry. Supporting herders to maintain a more balanced live-stock is crucial on the long run, and securing higher value on the available goat skins will help to create better margins on low quantities instead of low margins on large quantities.

Genuine horse leather

Leathers are called horse- leather when it is horse leather.

Horse leathers are not yet tanned in production in Mongolia since it requires special skills. Annually about 350.000 horse hides are on the market available - now leaving the country untanned and with our any added value. In Mongolia horse meat is eaten in Winter for gain extra strength. 

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The tailor makes it and breaks it.....

ADUU MAL stimulates the use of biodegradable and requires traceable quality products. In assembling leather goods it concerns awareness in the selection of the lining, yarns, glues (Camel bone glue), zippers and button (YKK).  

Scissor proof

The way a product is designed, and the leather cut determines how much pieces of leather will be wasted. Conscious design and the re-use of leather cuttings as part of the design is what we call "scissor proof " 

Transport by road

Mongolia is a land-locked country connected with neighboring country by road, air, and railway.

Transport by truck is far most fastest but not the cleanest.

Transport by rail

For full containers to be preferred. Although trains between Mongolia and the neighboring country still run on brown coal.

Transport by sea

Shipment on sea is to be preferred with full containers but requires lot’s of time in transport. Direct shipment on sea isn’t possible from Mongolia and always connects to truck and or rail transport.

Transport by air

For quick and small packages the only affordable way but still costly and not the most sustainable solution.

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