SUSTAINABILITY

RETHINK YOUR
SUSTAINABLE LEATHERS

Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of CHemicals

REACH

The REACH Regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of CHemicals) establishes a single regulatory framework for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization or Restriction of chemicals produced, imported, used in the EU and therefore also exported, through the assessment of their intrinsic properties and the adoption of appropriate risk management measures, in order to avoid harmful consequences for human health and the environment.

The whole process is subject to the supervision of the European Chemical Agency – ECHA – and of the competent Authorities of the Member States.

It is a measure aimed at protecting human health and the environment from the dangers arising from the mismanagement of chemicals used in industry, and at “replacing substances of major concern with less hazardous substances or technologies”.

A REACh and MRSL compliance tool

SAFER LEATHER CHEMICALS HUB

In order to protect the industrial and intellectual property of the formulations related to the chemical auxiliaries produced by the chemical tanning companies, the database LEATHER CHEMICALS INVENTORY is available.

It makes available to those who request directly to the chemical company, in a transparent but voluntary and secure way, the sensitive data of the chemical products for tanneries.

LEATHER CHEMICALS INVENTORY synchronizes the chemical inventory of substances and mixtures used for the production of tanning auxiliaries with the ZDHC lists for MRSL and ECHA lists for REACh, to identify hazardous or undesirable substances:

LEATHER CHEMICALS INVENTORY is linked to any other portal to provide evidence that products uploaded to the database are compliant with the various MRSLs.

PCR - Product Category Rules / LCA - Life Cycle Assessment

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT - PCR - LCA

The most widely used technique for assessing the environmental impact of products in the fashion industry is called Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which calculates the environmental impact of a product by considering all the stages of the value chain that have contributed to its creation. The result of the calculations is called Product Environmental Footprint, which takes into consideration different parameters; the one that currently has more prominence is called Carbon Footprint.

Given the complexity of calculating the environmental impact of individual chemical products in tanneries and the lack of specific data, assessments are made by approximation, which risk making the data produced unreliable and do not allow manufacturers to differentiate themselves on the market. The UNPAC technical commission has taken steps to outline a univocal calculation system, which outlines the Product Category Rules so as not to leave room for misleading interpretations, elaborated by different assessment positions of tanning auxiliaries.

Tool to assess the environmental impact of mechanical technology applied to the leather industry.

GREEN LABEL - Assomac

Assomac, the National Association of Manufacturers of Footwear, Leathergoods and Tannery Technologies, has established the “GREEN PLATE”, a tool to assess the environmental impact of mechanical technology applied to the leather industry.

The Green Label is an easy-to-understand tool that aims to express the efficiency and environmental impact of the machine or plant examined through the Carbon Footprint, internationally recognized and processed with LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) calculation methods.
From the point of view of the supply chain, the machines and technologies are intended to contribute substantially to the qualification of the manufacturing process, making it efficient and sustainable. Hides, footwear and leather goods will be the result of shared objectives oriented to more and more eco-friendly and virtuous productions, increasing the value of Made in Italy.

SUSTAINABILITY

RETHINK YOUR
SUSTAINABLE LEATHERS

Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of CHemicals

REACH

The REACH Regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of CHemicals) establishes a single regulatory framework for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization or Restriction of chemicals produced, imported, used in the EU and therefore also exported, through the assessment of their intrinsic properties and the adoption of appropriate risk management measures, in order to avoid harmful consequences for human health and the environment.

The whole process is subject to the supervision of the European Chemical Agency – ECHA – and of the competent Authorities of the Member States.

It is a measure aimed at protecting human health and the environment from the dangers arising from the mismanagement of chemicals used in industry, and at “replacing substances of major concern with less hazardous substances or technologies”.

Tool to assess the environmental impact of mechanical technology applied to the leather industry.

GREEN LABEL
Assomac

Assomac, the National Association of Manufacturers of Footwear, Leathergoods and Tannery Technologies, has established the “GREEN PLATE”, a tool to assess the environmental impact of mechanical technology applied to the leather industry.

The Green Label is an easy-to-understand tool that aims to express the efficiency and environmental impact of the machine or plant examined through the Carbon Footprint, internationally recognized and processed with LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) calculation methods.
From the point of view of the supply chain, the machines and technologies are intended to contribute substantially to the qualification of the manufacturing process, making it efficient and sustainable. Hides, footwear and leather goods will be the result of shared objectives oriented to more and more eco-friendly and virtuous productions, increasing the value of Made in Italy.

A REACh and MRSL compliance tool

LEATHER CHEMICALS INVENTORY HUB

In order to protect the industrial and intellectual property of the formulations related to the chemical auxiliaries produced by the chemical tanning companies, the database LEATHER CHEMICALS INVENTORY is available.

It makes available to those who request directly to the chemical company, in a transparent but voluntary and secure way, the sensitive data of the chemical products for tanneries.

LEATHER CHEMICALS INVENTORY synchronizes the chemical inventory of substances and mixtures used for the production of tanning auxiliaries with the ZDHC lists for MRSL and ECHA lists for REACh, to identify hazardous or undesirable substances:

LEATHER CHEMICALS INVENTORY is linked to any other portal to provide evidence that products uploaded to the database are compliant with the various MRSLs.

PCR - Product Category Rules
LCA - Life Cycle Assessment

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
PCR - LCA

The most widely used technique for assessing the environmental impact of products in the fashion industry is called Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which calculates the environmental impact of a product by considering all the stages of the value chain that have contributed to its creation. The result of the calculations is called Product Environmental Footprint, which takes into consideration different parameters; the one that currently has more prominence is called Carbon Footprint.

Given the complexity of calculating the environmental impact of individual chemical products in tanneries and the lack of specific data, assessments are made by approximation, which risk making the data produced unreliable and do not allow manufacturers to differentiate themselves on the market. The UNPAC technical commission has taken steps to outline a univocal calculation system, which outlines the Product Category Rules so as not to leave room for misleading interpretations, elaborated by different assessment positions of tanning auxiliaries.