At the same time, consumers demand information about the (eco) toxicological safety of products, but also about the working conditions at the production sites. The recent debates on chemicals management in textile supply chains (“detox”) are slowly expanding to the area of leather products (for example, shoes and clothing, furniture, automotive equipment).
The resulting social demands pose considerable challenges to the players in the leather supply chains (including manufacturers of leather chemistry, the leather industry incl. tanneries, brands and retailers). It turns the question of whether mass-market alternatives to existing “leather chemicals” (eg, chrome-based tanning processes, PFCs for finishing) are needed, or whether the challenge is primarily to ensure the proper use of existing chemicals in supply chains.
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