Tanning has been built on social purpose

First published in the November/December 2019 edition of ILM
Published:  19 December, 2019
Dr Mike Redwood

As tanners, we often accept that in the past we were a polluting industry. We are users of offal, so as cities began to worry about sanitation, we were classified among the “nuisance trades”. This meant we were classed among a group that worked closely with butchers that included soap makers, tallow candlers, bone boilers and fat renderers. 

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