Smit & Zoon has a long-term focus on making the leather value chain more sustainable. We believe that this can be done by looking into the development of biobased or renewable materials and/or the replacement of less sustainable raw material. We make sure that these developments will be state-of-the-art without impacting the leather quality.
At Codyeco – in line with the sustainability policy of Smit & Zoon – we have undertaken the commitment to eliminate all ingredients belonging to the chemical family of PFC (perfluorocarbons) from our products portfolio within 2020 and with proud we hereby introduce the new generation of a water-repellent finishing product.
PFC ingredients have been used in leather technology since many times to impart water repellency properties. In organic chemistry the bonding force between Carbon and Fluorine is the strongest we can find, that is why PFC are so persistent and bio-accumulative into the environment. Additionally, PFC have also been identified as substances hepatotoxic, toxic for reproduction and carcinogenic.
Many issues concerning chemical replacement, especially when it comes to high performance products, are extremely complex and require a team of experts with diversified skills. After many months of intensive research, we have been able to succeed to produce a water-based product: AGUASTOP W 200
Water repellent leather articles
A truly innovative product. An interaction between material science technology and special functional polysiloxanes that allowed us to engineer a completely PFC free product.
This improved, water-based product gives protection against water and anti-soiling in a more sustainable way.
All application trials conducted in our laboratories, demonstrated that AGUASTOP W 200 gives high performance water repellency results which are in line with the current PFC technology, but with one very important difference and that is that AGUASTOP W 200 has no negative impact on the environment.
An ideal sustainable product that gives water repellent protection to all kind of leather items such as shoes, leather bags, gloves and is perfect in combination with other products for anti-soiling protection for upholstery.
The leather product has a much longer lifespan, hence reduce the footprint of the final leather product significantly.
Balenciaga Collection 2020