Can leather be truly biodegradable?

Worldwide
Published:  15 March, 2021

This is the question at the heart of several editorial features in the March-April 2021 print and digital App edition of International Leather Maker (ILM), which examines the definitions of biodegradability and the current scope and limitations of leather’s end-of-life scenarios. 

The latest issue, which is available now via the ILM App, focuses on advances in biodegradable leathers and how this fits into the industry’s wider sustainability goals. ILM Consultant Technical Editor Karl Flowers analyses the claims surrounding biodegradability of leather, while an exclusive interview with German sustainable leather solutions specialist Wet-green discusses the company’s recent move to expand its product portfolio with a host of bio-based tanning solutions and fatliquors which are no longer exclusive to its Olivenleder. ILM March-April also features a report into the rise of antibacterial and antiviral leathers and why health and hygiene properties are becoming a strong selling point in the wake of the global pandemic.

Furthermore, the issue shines a light on the latest developments, product launches and innovations in tannery machinery and chemicals, including beamhouse and wet-end technology, novel tanning systems, vegetable tanning and new generation of bio-based chemical solutions.

Other editorial highlights include:
• This month’s Talking Point asks key industry players about how Artificial Intelligence may influence the supply chain in the future.
• Silvateam’s Ecotan and how it aims to promote sustainability and recyclability of leather.
• Developments in tannery effluent treatment and latest technology.
• Innovations in vacuum processing.
• Highlights from Nera Tanning’s recent Masterclass on biodegradability.

In addition to these premium editorial features, the March-April 2021 edition also includes regular items such as news review, the Redwood column, raw materials prices and trends, and much more.

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