Any industrial process has an impact on the environment and the tanning sector is no exception. The industry has long been in the spotlight for the use of chromium and other metals as tanning agents and despite the development of processes that greatly minimize their impact and the rigorous control tests, consumers still look suspiciously at this practice. For this reason many companies look for alternatives to standard processes and opt for solutions that generate less impact on the environment.

We want to be critical of the sector. The vast majority of global tanneries have made few improvements to try to solve environmental problems

As a company specialized in chemicals for tanning we want to be critical of the sector. The vast majority of global tanneries have made few improvements to try to solve environmental problems. Most tanners continue to use chrome wet blue tanning. There are many who show interest in wet white or metal-free processes, but few actually opt for this technology. Process optimization to reduce water consumption is also important, as well as the products used to improve the amount of suspended solids, conductivity, BDO and BOD. Few companies really care about the environmental characteristics of the products they use, with price being the only indicator of quality.

There is little interest in valuing the best characteristics of tannery industry in front of an animalistic society that wants to introduce new materials

The tannery industry has a long history and tradition with little interest in valuing its best characteristics in front of an animalistic society that wants to introduce new materials such as synthetic leather, with a highly polluting effect due to its chemical composition of plastic materials (PVC) .

Unfortunately, the tanning sector has been the target of criticism mainly due to the misinformation and defamation of some groups that, far from the truth, have dedicated themselves to damaging a sector whose main task is to find a new purpose for animal by-products that otherwise would imply a new problem in waste management that is already affecting some countries where meat consumption continues to rise but the tanning industry has lost vitality. And this is where the importance of showing that we are a committed and environmentally conscious sector lies.

SERTAN WT, a product designed to replace chrome, with great tanning capacity, metal freeand with a high whitening power

This is where Quimser has focused its efforts the past few months. Our aim has been to meet the needs of an increasingly focused and aware market with its impact on the environment. For this reason Quimser has an eco-friendly range of products with which it has developed a tanning and re-tanning process based on plant extracts, bio-polymers and natural resins resultint in leathers with excellent properties and 100% metal-free .

On the other hand, Quimser has also wanted to act in a more direct way, developing SERTAN WT, a product designed to replace chrome, with great tanning capacity, metal-free and with a high whitening power. A product with excellent results in the tanning of sheep and cattle skins, especially in articles that seek a clean and homogeneous white.

These are just some concrete examples with which Quimser seeks to provide solutions to environmental problems, since it has different certificates that support its good practice in the exercise of the production of chemical products such as the REACH registration, compliance with ISO regulations and also being part of the Leather Working Group with the level of demand that this involve. It also advocates local consumption, since the vast majority of its raw materials come from national suppliers, thus promoting local commerce, employing nearby companies and reducing CO2 emissions as a result of transportation.

We are committed to this ecological change and we trust that we can all revalue leather

Quimser also has a specialized technical service capable of giving support from small to large companies. A service that aims to advise all professionals who seek to go one step further in their companies and take their items to the next level of commitment to current market.Active in social networks to spread our knowledge with the tanning sector, highlighting the new YouTube channel to offer training and valuable concepts in a visual way to improve processes.

It is undeniable that the market is increasingly aware of the need to adapt to a world that is aware of the environment and the impact that both large and small producers have on it. That is why from Quimser we work every day to meet those needs and provide alternatives in an ever evolving indutry. We are committed to this ecological change and we trust that we can all revalue leather.

Salvador Esquerra Dot
Sales & Marketing manager, 3rd generation at Quimser SA

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