Sustainability

Since the late 80’s we have been driving the tanning industry towards water based coatings, pioneering discharge water purification in our state of the art biological Water Treatment Plant and facilitating local farmers with high efficient fertilizers produced from by-products. Now you can journey into a sustainable future with our next generation lightweight leathers whilst enjoying superior comfort and improved fuel efficiency. Take the green route with Elmo and support the customer chain to reduce the COfootprint. Imagination by you sustainability by elmo.

Animal welfare

The raw-material
The raw-material (hide) is a by-product that is refined to a beautiful and durable end-product instead of being sent to landfill or used for energy. This way we prolong the lifecycle of the by-product and create a sustainable value proposition. Non of the hides we use as raw-material, comes from bovine animals being bred for the hides, all hides are by-products from the meat and dairy industry.

Elmo can provide traceability back to farm
Predominantly we use raw-material from the Nordic countries, facilitating strict regulations on animal welfare and traceability back to farm as well as a premium quality end-product. Elmo can provide traceability back to farm on all products being fully processed at Elmo and upon request on customized products being semi-processed at Elmo.

Animal welfare 6 freedoms
Methods and procedures must be adopted in compliance with national and international standards regarding animal wellbeing, such as those issued by the World Organization for Animal Health. Elmo requires that all of our raw-material suppliers guarantee a minimum of 6 animal welfare freedoms which are included in our Supplier Code of Conduct here.

 

Benchmark in water purification

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 20mof 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.

 

Excelling in air emission reduction

Elmo drove the industry by switching from solvent based coatings to water based coatings in the late 1980’s
Waste of resources has a negative impact on both the environment and our competitiveness. Therefore Elmo strive for solutions as close as possible to the root cause and few things embodies this practice better than when we drove the industry switch from solvent based finish coatings to water based finish coatings. By discarding alternative methods like purification or combustion in favor of a more complex and sustainable solution focusing on the root cause, Elmo managed to excel in air emission reduction and generate a cost effective long term solution.

Industry benchmark
By facilitating VOC at 5.7 gr/produced sqm for 2018 vs the EU directive at 85 gr/produced sqm, Elmo is still at the forefront and an industry benchmark, of air emission reduction within the tanning industry.

 

Facilitating sustainable solutions for our customers

Value proposition of lightweight products enabling a reduction of your CO2 footprint
Our lightweight leather concept delivers a weight reduction of up to a quarter compared to conventional automotive and transport leathers. Now you can journey into a sustainable future with our next generation lightweight leathers whilst enjoying superior comfort and improved fuel efficiency. Take the green route with Elmo and support the customer chain to reduce the COfootprint.

20+ years of facilitating free of chrome options
Regardless of end-product and process, Elmo always incorporate a sustainable perspective during development and production. Around 80% of our production at Elmo is free of chrome. For the chrome tanned process, we apply chromium extraction before the water goes to our innovated biological waste water treatment process, pushing the purification levels close to 100%.

Long life material compared to other surface materials
Leather is a highly durable material that ages gracefully and develops a patina compared with other surface materials. Leather has a longer life cycle and expectancy which therefore benefits the cost structure in the supply chain.

More green initiatives

100% CO2 neutral on heating energy
By using bio fuel we have become CO2 neutral on heating energy.
The reduction in CO2 emission is 3 400 tons per year which equals app. 1,800 passengers flying from New York to Paris.

Waste separation at source
All our waste is sorted, recycled and reused as raw-material for other industries or as energy.

Circular economy
Hair (by-product) used by local farmers as high efficiency and environmental friendly fertilizer. Tanning process remains becomes biogas for vehicles and energy.