Elmo’s waste water becomes drinking water
Our goal goes beyond producing the best leather in the world, we also aim to generate the cleanest waste water in the world. We use water from nearby river Ätran, after forming an integrated part in our tanning process, the water passes through our innovative, state of the art treatment plant before being discharged back into the river. Purified almost to perfection with several parameters pushing 100%, it empowers Elmo the position as the obvious industry benchmark. Downstream, a regional cleaning facility further filters the water, supplying cities on the Swedish West Coast with clean drinking water.
Running our own innovated biological waste water treatment facility
Established in 2005, our biological waste water treatment plant is optimized to manage waste water from our tanning process, enabling waste water purification at an industry benchmark level. The plant and its innovated technology received honourable citation by the EU LIFE-Environment programme “the new waste water treatment technology also gives better results than the current best available techniques (BATs) for the tannery sector”.
Elmo Supports Wateraid
In order to extend our pursuit of good quality water resources for everyone regardless of geographic location, Elmo supports WaterAid and the quest to facilitate safe water for everyone, everywhere.
Clean water tanning technology
Clean water tanning technology enables us to borrow water instead of consuming it. We borrow 16.5m3 of water per ton of rawhides which is less than half compared to conventional tanneries. Elmo’s process enable us to clean the water more efficiently, we return the water back to the river in the same condition.