Earth-Friendly Leather: Forestry Professor Helps Reduce Environmental Impact

A researcher from the University of Missouri’s School of Natural Resources is helping ameliorate the impact of leather production on the environment by finding alternative methods and resources to traditional production. By replacing chemicals with certain probiotics, the company working with Missouri’s researcher is able to lessen their environmental impact of an industry that has not previously been known for its environmental responsibility. These new techniques allow for “improved leather quality and yield, reduced operating costs, reduced environmental impact, reduced odor levels, reduced water consumption and reduced processing time.” 

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