The demand for synthetic leather has grown by around 8% annually in recent times, above all because of its widespread use in the footwear manufacturing, leather goods, and car interior industries. Most synthetic leathers are produced using a lot of solvents and especially DMF – dimethylformamide in their productive processes. These compounds are highly carcinogenic to humans, putting workers at a high exposure risk.
Although using these products is very advantageous, today there exist many reasons for choosing an alternative that is free of solvents and hazardous chemical substances. The main one is the new generation of consumers with greater awareness about the environment and occupational safety, which has forced the fashion industry to rethink its own criteria of sustainability. This is why many fashion brands has undersigned protocols of intent like ZDHC – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals, committing themselves to manufacturing products without the use of hazardous chemical agents.
In answer to these needs and to stay one step ahead of the market’s demands, TFL has presented TFL Hydro PU, an innovative and sustainable material for footwear manufactured through a process that respects the environment.
How does it work? During the process of coating, there is the application of a multilayer film of high performance polyurethane laminated on a microfiber or textile support. This water-based process does not require solvents or plasticizers, significantly reducing water and energy consumption, while respecting the health of workers and the environment. Additionally, using this one-step-coating process allows for the highest level of transparency in the supply chain.
Innovative and long-lasting, breathable, and resistant and sturdy, TFL Hydro PU is the ideal material for the shoe of the future. Developed in the laboratories of Ledertechnik Group, it fully satisfies the demand for sustainable alternative products to leather. At the same time, it completely adheres to the eco-friendly pathway undertaken by the company, which is committed to developing chemically safe products for its customers, workers, and the environment.