Circular economy and ‘Zero Waste Leather’

ECO – Elmo Circular Operating model sets a new benchmark for circular economy within the tanning industry. The tradition of leather, refining a material made by nature is one of the oldest circular economies in the world, creating a sustainable value proposition based on upcycling. At Elmo, we take circularity even further and apply a 100% circular manufacturing methodology meaning all our process waste is upcycled, recycled and reused as raw material for other industries or as energy. Launched in early 2021, Elmo’s industry leading ECO-model facilitates zero process waste, which means that none of our waste ends up in landfill creating an industry unique ‘Zero Waste Leather’ value proposition. 


Leather also enables a prolonged product and application lifetime compared to alternative materials. Our distinguished ‘Zero Waste Leather’ is a high-performing, beautiful and biodegradable end-product, that reduces the CO2 footprint due to its extended product life expectancy and our unique ECO-model generating zero process waste. Learn more about our groundbreaking ECO-model and our other sustainability initiatives here.


be sustainable, choose leather – be circular, choose elmo. 

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