MAGAZINE October 13th, 2022

WSM INTERVIEWS - CYCLICA

His family works in the tanning industry and has been interacting with high-end brands for three generations, producing excellent hides in the Venetian region in the name of Made in Italy. But Pietro Toffanin has decided to change register. «I wanted to give my personal impression to a generational entrepreneurial history, that of my family, centering on the theme on innovation and embracing sustainability as much as possible. This is how Cyclica, a start-up which gives value to waste materials of the food industry, was born; through an end-to.end business model in obtains a eco-friendly leather and a with a strong attitude towards circularity.

How was Cyclica’s idea born?

«I wanted to leave my footprint on a generational entrepreneurial history, that of my family, reflecting on the theme of innovation and embracing sustainability as much as possible».

How can you summarize Cyclica’s phylosophy?

«The name perfectly summarizes our business model, which is based on end-to-end governance of our production chain. In practice, we tan in organic avoiding the use of chemicals, we have a double range of organic dyeing or traditional but whithout metals and in the end all processes of our leather I compostable as well, which allows us to take a step beyond thinking about the end of its life. In short, we can proudly say that our products are metal-free, aldehyde-free and plastic-free».

What’s Oleum?

«It’s the trademark that identifies the biodegradable leather line produced by Cyclica».

Why is it called like this?

«We chose to use Latin on order to sublimate, even abroad, the Italianness of the project. Our leather is called like this because it is tanned with wastewaters of oil production. These waters are usually considered highly polluting and that, in theory, must be discarded, while we, through a patented system, use its antioxidant properties for tanning, without resorting to metals, aldehydes or glyphosate».

The finishing of the leathers usually uses plastic materials. How do you do it, instead?

«We have developed finishes that use naturally waterproofing elements which give the same aesthetic appearance and the same durability of traditional finishes. For example, we use beeswax, specific mineral salts and we formed a partnership with Evolved by Nature, American start-up that uses proteins which are residues of silk production with a high hydrophobic capacity».

What is your approach to circularity?

«Our goal is that of organizing ourselves at an industrial level in order to manage to create an entire closed loop business where wastewater become a usable resource. We are now in contact with an innovative reality with which we are experimenting the separation of the solid part from the liquid one. The solid part is thed dehydrated and used as biomass to obtain energy or as a fertilizer, while the liquid one can me put back in the system».

Where does the raw material come from?

«Obviously our hides are a by-product of the food industry but we are very attentive to the territory were the livestock is raised and we are committed to not buy source materials that come from countries liked to deforestation. In particular, our raw materials comes from Swiss and Norwegian farms».

How do fashion brands react when faced with the topic of leather and sustainability?

«Some think that the excellence and durability of the materials, together with their creative content, are enough to make a difference. And consider the final client a point of arrival. Our mission, instead, goes well beyond!»

 

 

 

 

 

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