AI Topper is committed to being a global leader in clean leather production. Australia has very strict environmental protection laws and AI Topper has strong partnerships with government agencies to reduce pollution and waste, and improve the environment surrounding our facilities.

carbon

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

  • 500KW solar panel array at our wetblue facility in Gunnedah saving over 740 metric tonnes of CO2 per annum
  • 100KW solar panel array at our Adelaide kangaroo processing facility saving over 90 metric tonnes of CO2 per annum
waste-minimisation

Waste Minimisation

  • Hides green fleshed prior to processing
  • Fleshings and trimmings rendered to produce high quality tallow
  • Other trimmings used for gelatine productions for the cosmetic and food industries
  • Minimal solids going to waste and complete use of the hide or skin
audit

Audits and Reporting

  • Regular internal audits
  • Compliance with the globally referenced Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL)
  • Compliance with all regulations and environmental licenses
  • Commitment to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) program

Clean leather production

Continual investment in new technologies ensures our facilities are environmentally and economically sustainable over the long-term.

process

Processing green unsalted hides and skins

Removes the salting process and reduces total dissolved solids in effluent. Grain quality of hides is optimised by chilling during transport.

drum

State of the art drum technology

Maximises volumes and reduces the energy, water and chemical consumption per hide. They also allow for a gentler motion during production which results in a superior quality product.

liquor-recycling

Direct Chrome Liquor Recycling

Ensures spent chrome liquor is directly recovered and enables almost indefinite re-use of trivalent chromium. Any effluent contains only trace amounts.

pickle-liquor

Pickle liquor recycling

Pickle liquor recycling is recycled separately, reducing the overall need for salt and water and also minimising salt loads in effluent.

hair-saving

Hair-saving unhairing technology

Hair provides a valuable resource as a slow release, high organic nitrogen fertilizer.

co2

Carbon dioxide deliming

Deliming significantly reduces chemical costs and lowers ammonia and nitrogen in the effluent.

tannery-effluent

Beneficial irrigation using tannery effluent

By lowering the total dissolved solids, tannery effluent can be used to irrigate crops supporting carbon capture and cattle grazing.

salt-recovery

Salt recovery through evaporation ponds

Solar evaporation allows for salt reclamation for reuse in the brinecuring process, resulting in a 75% reduction of salt in wastewater.