Carbon footprint of leather processing activity should be brought to zero level: Jitendra Singh

Union Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Jitendra Singh has said that the carbon footprint of leather processing activity should be brought to zero level and the bio-economy of animal skin-derived products would be the new mantra. He said collagen-based innovative biomaterials for applications in human healthcare are new opportunities and they could well become co-products of leather if the next generation leather-making technologies avoid contaminating skin-based matrix materials with lime, sulfide, and many other sensitive chemicals.

The minister said the leather footwear needs to be designed and developed into footcare solutions with foot hygiene and wearer comfort as the unique selling proposition. There are as many as half a million cells in the sole of the feet that enable the sweating process and leather enjoys an unmatched potential for transpiration. He also said diabetics' footwear is one such product that ensures a better quality of life due to the reduction in the abnormal distribution of plantar foot pressure, Efforts are on to prepare customized footwear for Indians by using 3D technology to scan the feet of the persons to prepare their footwear. About 73 districts in the country have been included to implement the project in the first phase.

Singh further said the Indian leather industry must seek a net-zero carbon footprint to meet the environmental norms and added that the carrying capacity requirement of the leather sector in locations like Tamil Nadu demands the implementation of zero liquid discharge as the enforced environmental norm, which is under discussion.