Stahl and Lowe Corporation join forces to create a more sustainable leather industry

12 October 2017
Lowe Corporation and Stahl share the ambition to make the leather supply chain more transparent and sustainable. To strengthen this commitment they entered a partnership agreement in 2017 linked to the alternative tanning system Stahl EasyWhite Tan™. This tanning system enables New Zealand’s Lowe Corporation to create leather with a lower environmental impact, while using significantly less salt. The companies not only focus on extending the use of Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ within Lowe Corporation, but to promote more sustainable solutions in leather production elsewhere.

“We market tanned hides, pelts, skins and rendering material. We process at our tanneries and fellmongery and also own trucking and rendering businesses. Central to our strategy is sustainability. We focus on best practice initiatives to support our operations,” says Andy Lowe, Managing Director and second generation at Lowe Corporation. “This is how we learned about Stahl EasyWhite Tan™. We believe that this tanning system is a truly great innovation. As we are progressing to widen our range of environmentally responsible articles, we are convinced that partnering up with Stahl is going to be very beneficial in a number of ways. Through our joint efforts we have shown tanneries in India and Pakistan how high quality leather can be achieved with the Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ system,” he concludes.

Michael Costello, Director Sustainability at Stahl, adds: “Lowe Corporation is involved in several steps in the leather supply chain, and thus can have a substantial influence on the way leather is processed. As a market leader in specialty chemicals for leather, we feel a responsibility to support tanners and brands to create leather with a lower environmental footprint. Working with Lowe Corporation, is a perfect chance to get a step closer to our shared ambition of a more transparent supply chain." 

About Stahl EasyWhite Tan™
Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ is the alternative tanning system to create high quality leather in a more sustainable way. It enables tanners to produce almost all types of environmentally responsible leather to the standard leather product specifications and beyond. Leather tanned with Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ is soft and smooth, while it remains dimensionally and thermally stable at the same time. As no additional salt is needed, salt in tanning wastewater can be reduced by 80%. In addition, less water is needed during tanning and the wastewater is less polluted. Moreover the tanning process is simplified which results in time, energy and costs savings.
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