An LCA study confirms the benefits of the new manufacturing process developed by the Brazilian gTop quality leather with low environmental impact. This is what Kind Leather promises, the sustainable leather launched last year by the Brazilian tanning giant JBS Couros after two years of research and practical tests. Kind Leather is the result of a revision of the traditional manufacturing process, which starts from a more efficient hide cutting system that allows you to save water, chemicals and energy by reducing waste at the end of the process. “It is a revolutionary process that aims to achieve several environmental, social and economic objectives”, explains JBS Couros. And now it is no longer just the company to declare the benefits of the project. Preliminary results of a benchmark study of the Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) just carried out by Spin360, the specialised company headed by the Italian expert Federico Brugnoli, confirm the advantageous features of Kind Leather.
The LCA study consists of comparing Kind Leather Lime Split vs Regular Leather Lime Split. Well, the analysis has shown that the processing of Kind Leather allows a water saving of 20% with a consequent higher cutting efficiency that can be conservatively estimated at about + 10% (variable according to the type of item you want to obtain) and a significant reduction in emissions. This represents an important step forward also in terms of sustainability of the supply chain because apparently every square foot gained helps to reduce the environmental footprint of the process.
One last advantage that emerged is the 21% increase in collagen material obtained from wast in the beamhouse phase which is normally meant for other sectors like food and pharma.