Fashion and Footwear Free of Hazardous Chemicals

Make the shift towards green chemistry

Unlike food and beverages, footwear and fashion items do not come with an ingredient list. Maybe they should?

Hazardous or heavy metal chemicals, like Chromium, Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF) and Plasticiser Phthalates, are potentially harmful for workers, consumers and the environment. The industry is working hard to remove hazardous chemicals from the supply chain and to make the shift towards green chemistry. Are you?

It is important for brands, chemical suppliers and leather manufacturers to work together and reduce the industry’s chemical footprint.

Let us inform you about Zeology – the sustainable, chrome free, heavy metal free and aldehyde free leather tanning agent.

Zeology, the green choice for leather goods

Leather tanned with Zeology is the green choice for your leather goods. Nera is proud to be awarded the ToxFMD Screened Chemistry® Certificate for our tanning agent Zeology, an important validation of the sustainability of our innovation.

Did you know… PUMA, Anya Hindmarch, Mart Visser and more brands have created biodegradable and circular fashion products with Zeology Leather?

Find out more about Zeology.

Download the Zeology Information Kit

What is Screened Chemistry®?

Screened Chemistry® is the concept of identifying safer alternatives whilst eliminating hazardous chemicals.  A Screened Chemistry® approach is critical for ensuring that human health and environmental impacts are fully evaluated before adopting alternative chemistries and in doing so avoiding regrettable substitutions.

Screened Chemistry® is used by a variety of brands (such as H&M, Levi Strauss & Co., Nike Inc. and C&A).

“With Zeology, Nera supports brands at realizing their chrome free leather objectives while maintaining or further improve on leather quality.”

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Everything you need to know about Zeology

Download: Zeology Information Kit

PUMA develops biodegradable RE:SUEDE sneaker with Zeology

PUMA has developed an experimental version of its most iconic sneaker to test for a product to make it biodegradable. The RE:SUEDE is made from Zeology tanned suede.

Return to Nature Anya Hindmarch

Collaboration with Anya Hindmarch for game-changing bag collection

The Return To Nature bags are crafted from Zeology leather and can biodegrade naturally back to earth.

Mart Visser coat made with Zeology leather

For the special occasion of Dutch Queen Maxima’s visit to Smit & Zoon Mart Visser designed this beautiful chrome free leather coat.

Online Masterclass

Circularity in Materials

Register for our webinar on 7 December about circularity in the footwear, fashion and automotive industry.

You will gain practical tips and insights how you as a brand can obtain circular materials.

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