Scrap-Less is an important initiative created by Gucci to save on waste, water, energy and chemical use in the leather supply chain.
By simply cutting the hide to size before tanning, we are able to process only what we need, while reducing the amounts of chemicals and water required to treat the material. In addition, we only transport useable leather from the tanneries to the factories, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.
The Scrap-less methodology has significantly reduced the environmental impact of our leather production when compared to traditional methods. In the nine months since the project began* some of the key savings included:
– Reduction in energy consumption by 423.714 kW
– Reduction in water consumption by 5.227.633 litres
– Reduction in chemical consumption by 72 tons (including 14 tons of chrome)
– Reduction in leather waste by 36 tons
*Figures collated from October 2017 – June 2018
Gucci for circular economy
Gucci-Up is our circular-economy initiative focused on the up-cycling of waste leather and textiles generated during the production process.
The initiative also partners with social cooperatives in Italy working with marginalised groups, to train and re-intergrate people back into their communities.
The up-cycling of left-over scrap leather and fabric materials to produce embroidery for the global fashion market forms a cornerstone of Gucci’s partnership with the Mumbai-based I Was A Sari programme.
Gucci also works with Green Line, located in Recanati, Italy, a specilaist in the recycling of textile scraps. Green Line collects and recycles any textile waste so that it can be re-used. Last year this project recovered 87 tons of material scraps.
Every developed country has a problem with food waste. It is imperative that we get a grip on this huge environmental issue. So Gucci works with Siticibo an Italian food-waste initiative promoted by Banco Alimentare.
As part of this relationship, edible food that would otherwise become waste through the supply of our canteens in Florence, Milan and Novara is redistributed via local charity organisations.