12 Jan 2014 May I use film if I am a Vegan?
This is a philosophical question and we cannot answer it for you.
Yes our films use gelatin, like any other film, no matter if colour or black and white, manufactured by whichever company you aproach.
You will not find any coated product in the entire imaging industry apart from hand made wet collodion plates which are not made using Gelatin.
This also includes Inkjet media by the way.
There never were such films available and there never will be.
Gelatin is irreplacable if you want to manufacture a quality product. In the 50ies and 60ies millions of dollars were devoted to research projects trying to find alternatives in the US, Germany, Japan and Russia but after 20 years everyone gave up with no result.
Gelatin is also the product of choice if you are generally interested in this planet and sustainability.
It is a natural product which is bio degradable and uses water as a natural solvent. This is very ecological.
If you were to use a different colloid you need to use toxic solvents which are then to be released into the environment during product drydown and plastics which add to the pollution of the earth.
Gelatin is manufactured from skeletons of dead animals -yes- but after all animals will die at a certain point and for sure no animals are killed especially for making gelatin. Rather they are killed for their meat and byproducts arise in large amounts. Not eating meat really helps you in achiving your goals of reducing human kettle raising but not using film will have no impact at all.
The photographic industry today is so unimportant that we are using less than 1/1.000.000.000 of the animal byproducts which arise from the meat industry.
Most of this is treated and converted into animal food (which we find were upsetting ourselves) because there is no better use for it (like manufacturing film gelatin).
Per film the amount of gelatin is also very small. We are coating with about 3-9 grams per sqm which equals 16 films.
So the bones of one dead horse can deliver enough gelatin for tens of thousands of films.
It´s your decision.
We cannot do anything else but publishing this info and being honest about the fact that we cannot replace gelatin even if we were given millions of dollars to do so.
Manufacturer of silver halide products.