Stahl resumed its commitment to putting transparency into action with a series of four seminars held in the key leather clusters across India from Nov 29th to Dec 2nd 2016. The seminars took the form of presentations from Stahl, CLRI (Central Leather Research Institute) and Unido.
Transparency in the supply chain
In our presentation we introduced the audience to the successful approach by which we have integrated Sustainability into our overall corporate strategy. With transparency as the goal, our strategy is to cooperate intensively along the whole supply chain in order to promote responsible environmental and social practices throughout the industry.
Our opening remarks also touched on the area of chemical compliance, emphasizing the historical reasons behind the recent launches of MRSLs and the change in responsibility that has occurred as a result. The differences between these industry initiatives, like the ZDHC MRSL, and other compliance regulations like TSCA and REACH were also discussed.
Following the introduction, the main body of the presentation showcased the innovative chemical technologies that Stahl recently introduced to tanners in order to reduce the impact of leather manufacturing on the environment. Think of Proviera® - Probiotics for Leather™, Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ and Stahl EasyBlue Tan™. The story was reinforced by the introduction of the latest products in Stahl’s Catalix® and Dermalix® range of retanning polymers and fatliquors.
The most recent advances in Stahl’s leather finishing technology were also presented, like the range of MRSL-compliant products called Stahl Neo. These products are not only compliant, they are completely free of the substances listed in the ZDHC MRSL (v 1.1). additionally, NMP, NEP, Toluene, Xylene and many other chemicals which Stahl believes may be restricted in the future are also excluded from the Stahl Neo range.
The presentation was completed with an introduction to bio-based polyurethane technology. Thanks to this innovation, petroleum-based feedstock chemicals in polymers can now be substituted by plant-based derivatives, which is a renewable resource. Cooperation with the biotech industry has been the secret to making this breakthrough possible for Stahl. And the work has only just begun!