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, used in the production of leather for some shoes and bags during 2017, has significantly reduced the environmental impact of leather production compared to traditional methods.
When it comes to shoe production, savings, compared to producing the same amount of leather from traditional methods, included:
– Reduction in energy consumption by 232.673 kW
– Redcution in water consumption by 2.870.640 litres
– Reduction in chemical consumption by 41 tons (including nine tons of chrome)
– Reduction in leather waste by 1.595 Kgs
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, the 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.