Gruppo Mastrotto, a commited tannery

Gruppo Mastrotto is one of the main players in the leather industry. Starting out as a family business in Italy, the tannery is now a large international organization, with operations spanning 15 production sites worldwide. Specializing in the manufacturing of bovine leathers, the company caters to a diverse range of industries, including the clothing, accessories, furniture, automotive and aviation sectors. 

As with the fashion industry as a whole, the leather sector, prompted by the environmental crisis, has focused in recent years on finding new solutions to meet the new challenges of sustainability.

Gruppo Mastrotto has long been committed to reducing its environmental impact. Alongside the development of new products, the tannery is strengthening its environmental management, the main driver for the transformation of the leather industry, with a production approach that involves implementing and monitoring best practices throughout the value chain. 

New industrial tools and methods are focused on key areas such as traceability, water and energy consumption, effluent management, management of chemical inputs. 

Thanks to its research and development efforts, Mastrotto has obtained LWG Gold Standard and ISO 14001 certifications.

To read: Environmental management: catalyzing the leather industry’s shift to sustainability

On the product side, Mastrotto’s innovative collections push the boundaries of the industry in terms of impacts. The tannery is tackling the issue of circularity and the reduction of impacts in the transformation of raw hides, a key area for improvement. The challenge is to produce materials that are resistant, but which disintegrate at the end of their lifecycles, and do so without harming the environment.

The company’s Organic Leather range meets this challenge. The leathers are of European origin, and tanned in metal-free conditions using organic materials. Finishing is done with waxes and anilines. This process ensures that leathers are highly biodegradable, in line with ISO 20136 standards: 90% of leather is biodegraded within 6 months (under specific conditions).

The virtues of this innovation are numerous and impact the entire production chain : reduction of chemical impacts, management of product end-of-life, management of effluents and production waste.

This kind of initiative, applied on an industrial scale, positions the Gruppo Mastrotto tannery as an innovation leader in the leather industry.

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