Inspiration for a greener tanning industry from the Arzignano tanning district.


GreenLIFE aims to reduce water consumption in the leather manufacturing process by 20 per cent

The leather process requires a lot of water. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the abundance of rivers and creeks flowing from the Prealpi mountains and the Chiampo Valley’s hills was one of the factors facilitating the establishment of the tannery industry in the Arzignano area. For the last few decades, the efficiency […]

Less sulfides for better quality air

The Arzignano tannery district is world renowned. It is responsible for 50% of national leather production and 9% globally. The districts are not only made up of industrial areas, infrastructure, and offices but also houses, schools public spaces and people who live and work there. For the last few decades, cutting edge technologies and strict […]

A better use of chemicals by greenLIFE

Chemistry is essential to develop goods useful in everyday life. The tanning process is dependent on chemicals and leather quality, softness, resistance and colour developed through technical skills. GreenLIFE’s objective is to develop the tanning process on a semi-industrial scale, tanning with a better use of chemicals. In particular, it wants to develop the oxidative […]

No difference between waste and resource

Hides used in the tannery process derived mostly from by-products of the food industry. Tannery has in its very origin the re-use of by-products from other industrial fields. GreenLIFE wants to extend this to extreme limits. GreenLIFE wants to develop chemistry and biotechnology knowledge, allowing for the re-use of by-products. Recycling of proteins through advanced […]

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