Nera hosts Masterclass on the Biodegradability of Leather

Urgency to talk about biodegradability

On Thursday 25 February Nera Tanning will be hosting an online masterclass about leather biodegradability. Biodegradability is a hot topic among brands, consumers, tanneries and leather technicians. And an important subject, because the urgency for materials – like leather – to degrade back into the natural environment and to reduce pollution is higher than ever. Biodegradability is therefore a vital subject to understand and to talk about.

Nera Tanning will share knowledge, facts & figures and test results during the Biodegradability Masterclass and is inviting tanneries, brands, OEM’s and designers to join.

How can we make leather biodegradable?

Can a leather bag or a leather shoe be biodegradable? What is the difference between biodegradability and compostability? What test methods should be used for biodegradability? These questions, and many more related to this subject, will be answered during the one-hour online masterclass.

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Free registration – possibility to send in questions

Registration for the masterclass is free of charge. “We also invite participants to send in their questions regarding the topic, so we can address them during the masterclass. We want to have this important dialogue and share our knowledge, so all stakeholders in the leather value chain can take an important step into making this leather value chain more transparent and more sustainable”, says Hans van Haarst, CEO of Smit & Zoon and one of the speakers at the masterclass.


Wouter Hendriksen, R&D Manager Nera, will present facts & figures, test results and other technical data. Also joining the discussion is Iris van Wanrooij, Program Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at EMMA Safety Footwear, and responsible for the sustainability program. She will address their mission and progress on the recycling of used safety shoes.

Whitepaper ‘Biodegradability and disintegration of leather’

In the run up to the masterclass Nera Tanning has released a scientific whitepaper about the biodegradability and disintegration of leather. The whitepaper is unique in the leather industry as it provides transparency and clarity in a well-founded matter. The whitepaper is now available on the website as a download.

Download Whitepaper

For additional information about the masterclass or the topic of biodegradability please contact Danielle Koenen, Global Marketing Manager of Smit & Zoon.
Phone: +31 6 28 536 040 or e-mail:

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