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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. 


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.


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. 


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. 


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?


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.