And then there was Zeolite…

Netherlands
Published:  07 October, 2020

This is the beginning of a new era for tanning. With a big bang, Zeology, a revolutionary tanning concept, is launched! This sustainable tanning concept is chrome-free, heavy metal-free, aldehyde-free and easy to implement into existing tanning processes. Yet, it offers unrivalled leather performance!

Zeology is the new standard in tanning. Nera, a subsidiary of Smit & Zoon, has developed it as a sustainable alternative to existing tanning agents. Making use of responsibly sourced natural material zeolite as the key component, and not compromising on the quality of the tanned leather, Zeology offers the best of both worlds:

1. the environmental benefits of a sustainable alternative to chrome and glutardialdehyde (GDA) tanning AND
2. a reliable, consistent, superior quality of the tanned material.

Thanks to this combination, Zeology offers significant benefits for all: for the environment, for tanneries, for OEM’s and brands and, eventually, for the consumer. Four years of extensive research and testing, confirm this. Therefore, Zeology can truly be a gamechanger in the leather industry.

Environmental benefits
The main benefit of Zeology lies in its impact on the environment: less pollution, less discharge of chemicals in waste and waste water, no use of chromium or glutardialdehyde (GDA), a storable tanned intermediate and improved biodegradability of the tanned material. All in all, Zeology offers a significant step towards truly sustainable leather.

Unrivalled leather performance
Working with the Zeology sustainable tanning concept, ensures that you can use a responsible tanning agent, without compromising on grain tightness, physical leather properties, lightfastness, heat-resistance and color brightness. While also getting all of the environmental benefits.

Plug & Play
The Zeology sustainable tanning concept is easy to implement in the existing production process of tanneries: it requires no additional processes and uses similar shift programs, for example. Zeology leather technicians will provide tanners with professional consultancy and support, assisting them with the minor adjustments in the tannery processes. Nera ensures a smooth onboarding of the Zeology sustainable tanning concept and the production of high quality leather.

Working towards a sustainable leather value chain with Nera
Smit & Zoon has the ambition to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable leather value chain together. Smit and Codyeco were already household names in Wet-end and Finishing. As tanning is a crucial part of this supply chain too, Smit & Zoon is now providing tanning solutions, under the name of Nera.

By introducing Zeology, Nera directly contributes to the corporate mission of Smit & Zoon.
The sustainable tanning concept has been developed to replace conventional tanning agents as a more sustainable, chrome-free, heavy metal-free and aldehyde-free alternative.

Get to know more during the live Q&A
On October 8th, 2020 at 2pm (GMT +02:00), Hans van Haarst, CEO of Smit & Zoon will announce all of the details regarding the revolutionary zeolite-based tanning concept and address all of your questions about Zeology during a live online Q&A. You can find the details and leave your questions here.

*This article is an advertorial provided by Smit & Zoon.