Asserting itself through the continuous research and development of chemical products with high added value, the company has built its corporate mission on the development of increasingly eco-compatible projects and products, to better meet the demands of a constantly evolving leather market. We talk about Claudio Bortolati, GSC Group, R&D manager of GSC Group, expert in the wet tanning stages, who also reiterates the importance of joining forces to revive the image of leather through the campaign launched by Leather Naturally.

On the sustainability front, what are the most important results achieved so far by your group?

“Sustainability is an extended term that can be expressed in various forms, but if we want to condense it into a short thought, I would say that it can be defined as an improvement in the quality of life both in the environmental, economic and social sphere. As a chemical company, we are committed to comply with all the standards concerning the quality of what we produce and the environmental impact in the factory, themes that see us certified ISO 9001 and 14001 and that  comply with OHSAS 18000 regarding safety in the workplace. We also worked hard on the energy front and today we produce energy with photovoltaic systems, thanks to a system that receives energy produced by panels covering 6000 square metres of space”.

On which fronts does the research move within you?

“We are going to conclude the LIFE Goast project for the development of a new type of metal-free tanning that targets chromium elimination, a product safety data sheet without pictograms relating to toxic materials, low COD levels both in the area of tanning and in the subsequent retanning, the possibility to dispose of shavings with less expensive codes and also the reuse of the same in different sectors”.

What are your next goals?

“Living in a district where pollution levels are continuously monitored both at the factory and centrally through the purification consortium, chemical products are selected on the basis of reduced environmental impact and leather production processes are based on the careful use of water resources. Our mission is obviously to develop and produce products that are increasingly performing and respectful of the environment and the safety of those who use them, obviously with a careful eye on the improvement of our production processes”.

What is today the most important challenge for the sector?

“The biggest challenge that the chemical industry has yet to win, and that I believe will determine its survival, is being able to communicate to the consumer the positivity that a piece of leather possesses, but above all to lay bare all the fake news, ridden by various environmental organisations, animal rights activists, etc., which threaten the very existence of the leather. Little has been done until today, always in a disordered way and without exploiting communication channels of this third millennium. Only now the international organisation known as Leather Naturally to which we adhere, is trying to do it in the right way but we need more supporters and resources to be able to make targeted and effective campaigns to the benefit of the entire leather sector”.