New environmental models based on sustainable growth and a concern for the environment impose changes in water consumption. Our priority objective in the proposal is to design a new process that will enable water consumption to tall at least 25% with respect to current processes. Leather quality should not suffer any kind of decrease in quality as a result of the implementation of the process. As secondary objectives, we aim to decrease salt consumption in hide preserving methods in at least 15%. Also, pollution generated will be diminished as a result. To achieve the objectives presented in this project we will develop a process ranging from hide preservation to tanning. We will optimise the relation between water savings and leather quality in each operation. To do so, we will consider the final destination of the leather being manufactured.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards