Smit & Zoon launches the “Product Passport”A useful tool made available to tanneries to evaluate the performance of chemicals on both leather and the environment
In order to maximize the use of resources and recycling, there has been ongoing discussion of a “Product Passport” at a European level: having complete knowledge on the composition of a given product and on how it can be dismantled and recycled greatly facilitates the creation of a circular economy of resources within the EU, with beneficial effects also on the environment.
From theory to practice: at the end of May, Smit & Zoon announced the release of the “Smit & Zoon Product Passport”, an easy to use tool containing data on the performance of every wet-end chemical and its effect on both leather and the environment. What’s more, to produce high quality leather with a minimal environmental impact, tanneries need to know and understand the performance of the chemical and its effect on the environment. All this information is reported in the Passport, which contains a detailed list of the physical, chemical and environmental properties of wet-end chemical products.
«The need to achieve traceability of substances throughout the chain is becoming more evident every day», says Marc Smit, the 7th generation of the Smit family at the helm of the multinational company. «Complete transparency is the most important tool to meet this need. That’s why we have launched the Product Passport».
Smit & Zoon research laboratories are committed to continually improve the performance of their products in order to minimize its use and, consequently, the volume of chemicals in waste water. Based on information in the Passport, tanneries are able to choose the products more wisely and, with the help of Smit & Zoon technicians, can develop recipes that reduce their impact on the environment, while preserving the quality of the leather. The Dutch group has also recently opened a new laboratory in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, dedicated to supporting the local market. «We want to bring our products and knowledge closer to the Brazilian market, so that we can act rapidly to meet the needs of local customers», explained Hans van Haarst, CEO of Smit & Zoon.