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GSC Group, sustainable and circular leathers with OMW technology
The product line that exploits the tanning power of olive oil vegetation waters makes it possible to obtain high quality metal-free articles. An alternative tanning system that becomes a model of circular economy
There is growing automotive market interest in OMW (Olive Mill Wastewater) technology, which exploits the tanning power of olive oil vegetation water, a waste by-product of olive pressing.
“The tanning system based on the internationally patented OMW technology is completely metal-free and results in automotive interior leathers that offer performance comparable to those obtained from traditional tanning. It is therefore a perfect alternative without compromising on the quality, performance or appearance of the finished leather”
The rationale behind the project that led GSC Group to develop an ad-hoc product line is the reuse of by-products of the agro-food industry that would otherwise have to be disposed of in sewage treatment plants. Olive mill wastewaters, in fact, although free of pathogens, heavy metals and viruses, are harmful to the environment due to their high levels of acidity and their anti-microbial and phytotoxic power. But it is precisely these characteristics that make them interesting for the tanning industry, which moreover, by using waste from another industrial sector, realises a perfect example of circular economy.
“We believe that transparency of information is crucial for building trust and lasting relationships; therefore, we have created a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on OMW technology on our website. This section provides comprehensive and detailed answers to the most common questions we are asked.”
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