Johann-Peter and Christel Schomisch establish the leather wholesaler Schomisch GmbH in Mülheim an der Ruhr
The company moves to Essen-Kettwig
Schomisch GmbH and its 12 employees move into a modern new company building in the Kettwig industrial park. The generous storage space capacities favor the fast delivery to customers mainly from the upholstered furniture industry.
J.P. Schomisch realizes his idea of an industrially produced, vegetable-tanned and natural furniture leather, which at the same time meets high standards of comfort and environmental and health compatibility. The new leather is produced under the brand name Ecopell as nappa and nubuck leather in Italy.
Schomisch GmbH is the first company in the leather industry to publish a full declaration for its Ecopell leather, thus setting new standards in the area of product communication. Every customer can now be sure that they are informed about all substances that are in the leather.
Relocation of Ecopell production to the Möller-Werke contract tannery, Bielefeld.
The information brochure “Ecopell – leather can be so eco-comfortable” provides detailed information about the production process and the special properties of Ecopell leather.
Schomisch GmbH participates in a research project on the usability of native plants for the extraction of tannins. The development of rhubarb-tanned leather has started.
The Schomisch leather range of vegetable-tanned leathers is supplemented by “thick leather, natural” and pigmented leather.
Schomisch GmbH replaces the vegetable tanning agent Mimosa (from monoculture cultivation in South America) with harvestable Valonea and tare tannins and thus further improves the ecological balance of the Ecopell.
Together with partners from the leather processing industry, Schomisch GmbH is presenting a model preview of shoes, leather goods and furniture made from rhubarb-tanned leather for the first time. The tanning agent used comes from agricultural test areas.
At the BioFach trade fair 98, Schomisch GmbH will be showing off brush-dyed leather in Ecopell quality with vegetable dyes as a world first.
Schomisch GmbH presents two new leather collections: orthopedic leather and shoe leather in Ecopell quality. Shoe upper leather is offered as a through-dyed and as a vegetable brush-dyed variant. The share of Ecopell leather in the company’s total sales has grown to 80%.
A recognized testing institute certifies that Ecopell lining leather is extremely skin-friendly.
Approx. 8,000 square meters of rhubarb-tanned leather hides can be made from the first regular rhubarb harvest (this corresponds to approx. 30,000 pairs of leather shoes).
Relocation to the new company location in Weitnau im Allgäu. The company building there was built according to ecological standards.
Change of name to Ecopell GmbH.
Ecopell is recognized as the first allergy-friendly leather in Europe by the ECARF Institute.
The IVN – International Association of Natural Textiles certifies Ecopell as the world’s first natural leather.
From now on, the Ecopell leathers will be re-certified every year by the Association for Organic Farming.