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TILEATHER - ECOFRIENDLY LEATHER TANNED WITH TITANIUM (TILEATHER)

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More than 90% of the leather tanned worldwide uses chrome, specifically trivalent chromium which, under certain conditions, can oxidise to hexavalent chromium. This is a proven carcinogen that can leach into water supplies and cause harm to humans and the environment. The initiative seeks to offer an alternative, producing leather under the label Sanotan which will be sold both as unmade up leather and as shoes.

Results

  • The goal is to have a production line with the capacity of 1 200 000 feet² a year providing enough chrome-free leather to ensure safety footwear, children’s shoes and town footwear reach EU markets.
  • Rendering the tanning process entirely chrome-free will result in: -Reduction of wastewater contamination:
  • • Chlorides by 39.4 %; • Chemical Oxygen Demand by 37.5 %; • Chrome VI by 100 %; • Total Chrome by 100 %; • Suspended solids by 90 %
  • - Reduction of the CO2 emitted during the production process.
  • - Reduction of the energy consumption and combustibles consumption.
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INESCOP, Footwear and Related Industries Research Center
Polígono Industrial Campo Alto, 118 Parcela
03600 Elda Comunidad Valenciana
Spain
Contact point: 
Name: 
Mr Joaquín Ferrer Palacios
Tel: 
+34-96-5395213

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Duration:
01/10/2010 to 30/09/2012
Contract number: 
ECO/09/255727

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