The introduction of probiotics into the leather industry presents a revolutionary opportunity to transform leather production and address environmental issues.

That’s why Cromogenia Units is committed to probiotic products that replace conventional chemicals used in the tanning process with 100% natural, biodegradable, and sustainable alternatives. Cromogenia Units remains dedicated to providing efficient and environmentally friendly technology.

Probiotics in the leather industry

Probiotics, widely known in the food industry, are microorganisms that offer health benefits to the intestinal system. However, the industry has harnessed the versatility of these products, now used in sectors such as agriculture, textile, and cleaning products. Their application has extended to leather production, where they play a key role in improving leather quality and reducing environmental impact.

Through a fermentation process, probiotics generate various metabolites, which are the products intended for use in the tanning process. Metabolites are molecules formed during metabolic chemical reactions, the set of processes in an organism to sustain life. In the leather industry, the most relevant metabolites are biosurfactants. These compounds have numerous applications in the tanning process, as they possess humectant, degreasing, and dispersing properties, with potential use in various stages of the process.

Biosurfactants, produced by microorganisms, are molecules that reduce the surface tension between liquids and solids. Unlike synthetic surfactants, biosurfactants have advantages such as higher biodegradability and lower toxicity. Glycolipids and lipopeptides are examples of biosurfactants that offer useful properties in the tanning industry.

Development of biosurfactant products

Cromogenia Units has developed a range of probiotic-based products, which are blends of biochemicals obtained through a meticulously controlled fermentation process, using probiotic cultures and carefully selected natural raw materials. Additionally, they exhibit high stability in the presence of electrolytes.

These probiotic-based products can act as humectants, providing deep and uniform hydration to all types of leather. They can be used in both the soaking of raw hides and wet blue hides. Additionally, they function as dispersants by helping to disperse the chemicals used in leather production. Finally, they also act as degreasers and can be used in the degreasing operation of raw hides and skins.

The range of biosurfactant products is biodegradable and 100% natural, leading the transition towards probiotic solutions to reduce carbon footprint. Their benefits include effluent reduction, sustainability, biodegradability, efficient product usage, natural composition, effective degreasing, and deep soaking.

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