Sustainability, next level
LEATHER: THE ADVANTAGES OF THIS NATURAL AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT, PROVIDING HIGH PERFORMANCE AND CUSTOMIZATION POSSIBILITIES
Leather tanning – namely, cowhides – represents a traditional craft that man has been practicing since ancient times for the production of high-quality everyday products.
Over time, the fields of application have diversified, embracing a wide range of sectors: from leather goods to footwear, from automotive to nautical, from furnishing upholstery to aviation.
The reasons for this success…
Bovine leather is a natural and durable material.
On the one hand, it allows the reuse of waste from the livestock industry according to the principles of the circular economy; on the other hand, its extreme durability and the capacity of improving the appearance over time allow a considerable saving of resources. The technological advancements achieved in recent years in the production process allow a considerable saving of resources, in particular, water, a key element in the tanning industry.
Leather has a whole range of qualities that make it an exceptional material:
LEATHER IS A NATURAL MATERIAL, COMING FROM NATURE IT IS PLASTIC FREE!
1. LEATHER IS BREATHABLE AND OFFERS THE MAXIMUM COMFORT IN CASE OF MOISTURE
This is the case of footwear, which protects against weather conditions while allowing the feet to ‘breathe’ and expel moisture, keeping them dry.
2. LEATHERIS SCRATCH-RESISTANT
Leather is so resistant that it is the chosen material for bikers’ suits, effectively protecting them in the event of falling. It can also be used in all contexts where durability is an important added value: car interiors, furniture upholstery, various types of seating, and even jackets or bags that undergo intense wear and tear.
3. LEATHER IS SOFT
An intrinsic quality of leather is its natural softness, which can be emphasised during the processing phase.
This exceptional peculiarity allows it to be used in different sectors.
4. LEATHER IS WATER-RESISTANT
Its unique characteristics allow the production of very high-quality products that have excellent performance in adverse weather conditions and thanks to specific treatments the material is waterproofed.
5. LEATHER IS HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE
Thanks to recent technological developments, leather can be treated in many different ways to change its colour, look, resistance, texture, allowing endless customisation possibilities. This feature makes it an extraordinary material with a very high intrinsic value, that can effectively meet the needs of an increasingly demanding market always looking for higher customization levels.
6. LEATHER ADDS VALUE TO PRODUCTS
Leather has always been associated with quality and luxury. A leather product is immediately perceived as superior, acquiring an intrinsic value both for the suppliers and end-users.
LEATHER AS A RENEWABLE MATERIAL
Resources that are drawn from agriculture and industrial farms are renewable, whereas materials made from fossil reserves cannot be considered as such.
Leather is a by-product of the food industry.
Leather tanning is the oldest form of recycling and their by-product are up cycled item with a higher added value.
Synthetic fibres (polyester, nylon, etc.) and plastic materials.
MILLIONS OF YEARS
Natural fibres (cotton, wool, etc.)
wood, paper, food, leather
1 to 5 years
GRUPPO MASTROTTO AND SUSTAINABILITY OF THE LEATHER PRODUCTION PROCESS
Raw hides and skins, as waste material from the food industry, enter the leather production cycle. This application favours the reduction of global pollution by preventing skins to become a waste and thus disposed. The destruction process of animal skins would contribute substantially to the production of greenhouse gases. Therefore, the tanning production process is a highly sustainable industrial activity from an environmental point of view.
GRUPPO MASTROTTO’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRINTED
INVESTMENTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL KPIS OF GRUPPO MASTROTTO
Gruppo Mastrotto invests in continuous improvement of the industrial production frame-work: energy consumption, water supply, industrial wastewater discharges, emissions into the atmosphere, and structural investments.
GRUPPO MASTROTTO AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
The best practices of Gruppo Mastrotto in the environmental and safety fields have been recognized and awarded with the achievement of the Gold Rated, the maximum score of the international certification LWG, Leather Working Group. The main objective of the Leather Working Group is to develop and maintain a protocol that evaluates environmental compliance and corporate practices regarding sustainability, by promoting improvements in the leather industry.
Gruppo Mastrotto is proud to be the 1st tannery in the world to have obtained for its products the USDA Biobased certification, from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA), one of the most authoritative sources in terms of sustainability and respect for the environment.
The USDA Biobased label certifies that a product contains bio-renewable material, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source. Using materials from renewable sources helps reduce the use of non-renewable, fossil-based raw materials.
The certification that Gruppo Mastrotto has obtained attests to the high renewability of its hides, which contain up to 90% biobased material. This means that Gruppo Mastrotto leather is renewable up to 90%.
The Blue Angel label certifies the eco-friendly quality of the leather produced by Gruppo Mastrotto. Blue Angel certified products better protect the environment and people’s health, through concrete benefits:
- limited water consumption in the production process;
- raw hides and skins must be sourced in a sustainable way;
- prudent use of resources during use or disposal;
- the absence of harmful consequences on health and the environment because of their low-emission content;
The ISO 14001:2015 certification refers to the international standard that provides organisations with a framework to protect the environment and to respond to the change of the environmental conditions according to the needs of the socio-economic context.
It specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organisation can use to enhance its environmental performance with a view to continuous improvement.
GRUPPO MASTROTTO AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
A PROJECT FOR WORKING AND SOCIAL INCLUSION WITHIN THE COMPANYPARKINSON
This project focuses on people by creating a real production department aimed at integrating and hiring permanently people with disabilities.
SUPPORT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE “RECREATIONAL CENTRE FOR SENIORS ARCISO MASTROTTO”
Gatherings, recreational activities and cultural initiatives are held in a 500 sqm space comprising 1250 members.
DONATIONS TO LOCAL HOSPITALS
Gruppo Mastrotto has donated cutting-edge technologi-cal equipment for diagnostics and complex oncological surgeries, such as an innovative 3D camera, the Mammotome Revolve system and an isolation chamber for the paediatric oncology department.
PARKINSON CAFÈ FOUNDATION
It is an open space for meeting and support for Parkinson’s patients, their families and caregivers. Specific motor, recreational and information exchange activities are organised thanks to the help of volunteers.