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Are surfactants sustainable?

In the latest ILM app article, Turkey headquartered United Chemicals presents a white paper review of surface active agents (surfactants) and their impacts on biodegradability and sustainability in the leather industry. 

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Authenticae launches leather biodegradability survey

Sustainable leather consultancy Authenticae has launched a survey to understand the appetite for sustainability within the leather supply chain. They are conducting research on biodegradability and how interested companies and organisations are in testing for it.

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Focus on renewables from Cromogenia Units

Spanish chemical supplier Cromogenia Units has launched a host of sustainable retanning products which respond to the demand for more eco-friendly solutions, featuring renewable or residual raw materials, higher biodegradability, lack of restricted substances, low or no formaldehyde content and low COD values. 

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Can leather be truly biodegradable?

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. 

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What if leather goods could be biodegradable?

There are many questions about biodegradability. And, at the same time, quite some uncertainties.

Can a leather bag, a leather shoe or a leather chair be biodegradable?

What is the difference between biodegradability and compostability?

What test methods should be used for biodegradability?

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Smit & zoon files patent for retanning agents

Netherlands based chemical manufacturer Smit & zoon has filed a European patent application for ‘lignin modified polyphenolic leather chemicals’; becoming the first leather chemical company to use lignin modified polyphenolic in its products. 

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