The circular dimension of the tanning industry was the theme of an interesting conference organised by UNIC-Italian Tanneries in collaboration with Confindustria on the occasion of the latest edition of Lineapelle which proposed the intervention of academics, institutions and representatives of the leather industry in front of a room packed with operators interested in the subject.

Reducing energy consumption, giving value to waste and extending product life as much as possible are the three pillars on which the challenge of the circular economy is based. “Circularity has many advantages – explained Marco Valli of Confindustria – because production takes place by saving raw materials and energy, thus generating less emissions and reducing waste sent to landfills”. “The circular economy is not done alone, the collaboration between companies is not a choice but a strategy”, added Fabiana Orlandi of UNIC, thus introducing the important project created by the National Agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development (ENEA) to relate “two or more different companies”, as explained by Pier Luigi Porta. “The idea comes from the concept of industrial symbiosis, in which companies recognise possible interactions between them, starting from their own waste that can represent someone else’s raw material, but also sharing services or experience”. Also important is the point of view of the industrial economist Paolo Gurisatti: “The paradigm of the circular economy represents an extraordinary opportunity to change the perception of the tanning sector, it can overturn the image”.

Following the speeches made by Massimo Neresini (Sicit 2000), Nicola Andreanini (Aquarno), Marco Frey (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies), Roberto Vago (Assomac), Gustavo Defeo (Ars Tinctoria) and Monica Buzzoni (Regenesi) whose evidence is important for the ongoing research and projects related to the philosophy of recycling and waste enhancement.

During the event was also shown a gallery of products and accessories made by companies in the supply chain using processing waste: Aquarno, Ebarrito, eMOTIVI, Favini, Lapi Gelatine, Maprotec, Motta Pelli, Regenesi, Re-new, Sagitta, tbSTUDIO.