The scientific journal Sustainability publishes the study of biodegradability and compostability of leather, promoted by Leather Cluster

The study carried out by the team of researchers from A3 Leather Innovation Center UdL and promoted by  Leather Cluster Barcelona aimed to determine the differences at a physical and chemical level, as well as other thermometric properties, of seven different types of finished leather and three imitations. leather: a material of synthetic origin (commercially imitation leather) and two alternatives based on raw materials of biological origin (pineapple and cactus) that try to imitate leather in the fashion industry (commercially called vegan leather).


One of the most relevant conclusions is that during the composting processes, while the different samples of natural leather analyzed showed total or partial degradation in a period of 21 to 35 days depending on the type of leather, the samples of alternative materials did not present any indication of degradation after 90 days of starting the compostability test.

This project received the support of ACCIÓ, the public agency for the competitiveness of Catalan companies attached to the Department of Business and Labor of the Generalitat of Catalonia, within the framework of aid for initiatives to strengthen the competitiveness of the entities that make up the Program. Catalunya Clusters related, among others, to the implementation of strategic changes, innovations and new trends to the cluster or companies in the sector.

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