We’re closing the loop

We take environmental management and sustainability very seriously. In fact, we take real pride in our efforts to make a positive impact on our planet and be pioneers of sustainability in the leather industry.

The automation of our systems has meant better and safer working conditions for our people and higher production rates. Our tanning process is fully automatic.

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Our clean tanning techniques

Clean tanning techniques

Our customers trust us to treat our hides and skins with respect. Our tannery uses clean and efficient processing techniques and state-of-the-art machinery so we can optimise production efficiencies within the parameters of a longterm commitment to environmental management and protection.

Innovative approaches to wastewater treatment and operational controls are given the highest priority to ensure minimal impact upon surrounding environments and ecosystems.

  • Green hide processing and short-term preservation
  • Tanning drum technologies allowing for increased capacity, low floats and chemical usage
  • Hair-saving unhairing with low sulphide technology
  • Carbon dioxide deliming
  • Pickle recycling
  • High exhaustion chrome tanning
  • Chrome recovery
  • Successful cropping programs with above average district yields though reuse of tannery effluent and solid wastes
  • Sustainable land management practises

Water

Water is necessary for the tanning process because it transports the chemicals into the leather. We are self-sustainable on rain and ground water and have made incredible water-saving changes over the last decade.

The industry average is 20-25 litres of water per kilo to process and tan leather. We have reduced our usage through non-traditional drums and only use 12.5 litres of water per kilo.

Waste

Our commitment to waste reduction starts with the sourcing of our materials. We recycle the discarded hides and skins from the meat industry, preventing them from ending up in landfill.

The fat removed from the hides is used to create, bio-diesel, beauty products, the collagen goes to pharmaceutical companies and trimmings for pet treats.

In our brinecuring facilities, we use evaporation pans to reduce the brine solution to a salt crust, which we reuse in the curing process.

Our tanning process water is discharged and collected into an onsite waste water treatment plant. With careful treatment this discarded process water is reused as irrigation effluent onto our farmland. Growing a variety of cereal crops each season, we manage to produce above-average district yields year after year.

Energy

Reducing our energy use and carbon footprint is a priority of ours. We have reduced our energy use, gas consumption and carbon emissions over the last decade while increasing the capacity of our facilities.

We have installed 200 kilowatt solar farms along with power correction units, which prevent about 20 tonnes of CO2 being generated a month.

Chemicals

All our facilities contribute to the non-governmental program – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals – to eliminate hazardous chemicals in textile and leather processing. We also comply with the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List, which is a list of internationally banned chemical substances for the fashion industry.

Traceability

Our hides and skins are 100% traceable to the meat processors from which we source. It is important to us that our supply chains have the highest animal welfare priorities for ensuring the physical, mental comfort and health of livestock both on-farm, during transport, and at sale yards and slaughter. We are working closely with our supply chains to provide even greater traceability to the paddock.

Water

Water

Water is necessary for the tanning process because it transports the chemicals into the leather. We are self-sustainable on rain and ground water and have made incredible water-saving changes over the last decade.

The industry average is 20-25 litres of water per kilo to process and tan leather. We have reduced our usage through non-traditional drums and only use 12.5 litres of water per kilo.

Waste

Waste

Our commitment to waste reduction starts with the sourcing of our materials. We recycle the discarded hides and skins from the meat industry, preventing them from ending up in landfill.

The fat removed from the hides is used to create, bio-diesel, beauty products, the collagen goes to pharmaceutical companies and trimmings for pet treats.

In our brinecuring facilities, we use evaporation pans to reduce the brine solution to a salt crust, which we reuse in the curing process.

Our tanning process water is discharged and collected into an onsite waste water treatment plant. With careful treatment this discarded process water is reused as irrigation effluent onto our farmland. Growing a variety of cereal crops each season, we manage to produce above-average district yields year after year.

Energy

Energy

Reducing our energy use and carbon footprint is a priority of ours. We have reduced our energy use, gas consumption and carbon emissions over the last decade while increasing the capacity of our facilities.

We have installed 200 kilowatt solar farms along with power correction units, which prevent about 20 tonnes of CO2 being generated a month.

Chemicals

Chemicals

All our facilities contribute to the non-governmental program – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals – to eliminate hazardous chemicals in textile and leather processing. We also comply with the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List, which is a list of internationally banned chemical substances for the fashion industry.

Traceability

Traceability

Our hides and skins are 100% traceable to the meat processors from which we source. It is important to us that our supply chains have the highest animal welfare priorities for ensuring the physical, mental comfort and health of livestock both on-farm, during transport, and at sale yards and slaughter. We are working closely with our supply chains to provide even greater traceability to the paddock.