Addressing the Platinum
Jubilee celebrations of CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute in Chennai, Dr
Jitendra Singh said, the carbon footprint of leather processing
activity needs to approach zero levels and the bio-economy of animal
skin-derived products is the new mantra of the time. He said, the carrying
capacity requirements of the leather sector in locations like Tamil Nadu demand
the implementation of Zero Liquid Discharge as the enforced environmental norm,
which is under discussion.
The new vision for leather industry during need to be on sustainability
Dr Jitendra Singh said, the sustainability of
the leather sector is likely to emerge as the new challenge for CSIR-CLRI in
its journey from the platinum to the centenary. He said, the new vision for
leather research and industry during the next 25 years may need to be on
sustainability, net-zero carbon footprint, gaining total recyclability of
leather-based materials, bio-economy of animal skin-derived products, and
ensuring income parity for workers, besides brand building.
government offered attractive financial support from DST to Start-ups to come
up with innovative and market friendly leather products. He said, efforts are on to prepare
customised footwear for Indians by using 3D technology to scan the feet of the
person to prepare their footwear. He said 73 districts in the country are
included to implement the project in the first phase.
The leather footwear needs to be designed with foot hygiene and wearer comfort
Dr Jitendra Singh
said, the leather footwear needs to be designed and developed into foot care
solutions with foot hygiene and wearer comfort as the Unique Selling
Properties. He said, there are as many as half a million cells in the palm of
feet that enable the sweating process and leather enjoys an unmatched potential
for transpiration. The Minister also pointed out that Diabetic footwear is one
such product that ensures a better quality of life due to the reduction in the
abnormal distribution of plantar foot pressure.
informed that Collagen-based innovative biomaterials for applications in human
health care are new opportunities and they could well become co-products of
leather, if next-generation leather-making technologies avoid contaminating
skin-based matrix materials with lime, sulfide, and many other sensitive
chemicals. He said, there is a possibility for CLRI to emerge as the
game-changer in the knowledge domain and to make the leather sector matter even
more for the new India of the future.