Some ideas on sustainable leather production (III)

Regarding improvements on environmental performance of leather

  • Evaluation of environmental impacts of leather, by means of the “life-cycle” and “carbon footprint” analysis. It is very important that the evaluation be “from cradle to tomb”.
  • To establish tax burdens or to encourage products, according to their environmental performance.

Alfredo Garcia-Espantaleon

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Some ideas on sustainable production (II)

Regarding public contracting

  • In the process of public contract awards, one of the major aspects in order to incorporate ecological criteria is respecting the principles of non-discrimination and transparency. No supplier should be preferred, while all of them should have access to the same information in order to be eligible with the same opportunities.
  • In general, the specification sheets should include environmental criteria. Suppliers with an audited Environmental Manage System (EMS), whether ISO, EMAS or any other, should be preferred.
  • To favour local suppliers, at equal prices and/or quality supplied. Both aspects, price and quality, are closely related with efficacy and efficiency, in resources assignment.

Alfredo Garcia-Espantaleon

Some ideas on sustainable production (I)

Regarding product design policies, recycling and waste management

  • Product design in order to improve the efficiency and energetic yield.
  • In the case of energy non-consuming products, the goal is the production with minimum energy consumption, or minimum energy waste when reused or recycled.
  • To establish tax burdens for environmentally unacceptable practices and/or products, according with the principle “who contaminates must pay”.
  • On the other side, encourage the environmentally more advanced products, for instance, those containing a bigger amount of recycled material. In addition, promote products whose recycling or reuse, results cheaper.
  • To establish appropriate procedures for auditing and control the right recycling of the product and the correct management of its wastes.
  • To establish of minimum amounts of recycled material in articles like cars or cars parts, plastic materials…

Alfredo Garcia-Espantaleon