Zerolab is a new hub for the collection and sorting of materials from the tanning industry that will open soon in Scandicci, on the outskirts of Florence. The new center will also become a training center and incubator for emerging designers that will also host an online platform and a marketplace able to map companies and materials’ availability. 




Every year, the tanning industry produces over 250 million tons of waste material only in Tuscany. Zerolab aims to become a hub for the creative recovery of waste production. The project was devised in order to answer the need to reduce waste while exploiting artisan skills to transform waste into new products.

Tanning company Dario Vitale Concerie
Photo: Tanning company Dario Vitale Concerie
Tanning company Dario Vitale Concerie
The project was recently presented in Florence, during MIDA - International Handicrafts Exhibition - held in Florence at the end of April at the presence of the promoters of the initiative: Cecilia Del Re, Councillor of the Municipality of Florence, Sandro Fallani, Mayor of the Municipality of Scandicci, Agnese Fazolo, President of CNA Firenze Federmoda, Gabriele Rorandelli, Founder of Zerolab, among others.





In addition to being a collection and sorting center, Zerolab will also become a training center and an incubator for emerging designers. The multipurpose center is located in a strategic area, in the leather district of Scandicci, so it can intercept, on the one hand, companies that need to dispose of production waste and, on the other, the know-how of highly specialized professionals. Therefore, this center will be able to enhance the value of craftsmanship and encourage a circular system.

A rendering of Zerolab
Photo: Zerolab
A rendering of Zerolab
To support the activity of the multifunctional center of Scandicci, online there will be Zerow, a marketplace able to map the production of waste on the territory and to cross supply and demand, in order to encourage the purchase of leather but also of accessories created by young designers and craftsmen involved in the project and made with the raw materials available in the warehouse.




Taking care of the coordinated image of the web platform there will be some students of the Graphic Design course of Accademia Italiana, coordinated by Prof. Lorenzo Pofferi, professor of web design for the Graphic Design department of the Institute.





"We support businesses from their inception as a corporate mission. However, in this case, the imperative is particularly compelling  because Zerow favors that development of sustainable fashion that CNA Federmoda has been looking at for some time. In fact, we have always been attentive to the recovery of manufacturing waste, whether it be leather goods or textiles, both for environmental reasons and for the material costs of their disposal," explained Tiziana Trillo, Coordinator of CNA Federmoda Florence.

A rendering of Zerolab
Photo: Zerolab
A rendering of Zerolab
“It was therefore a duty to promote Zerow in the Italian innovation scene, to put it in contact with the stakeholders of technological innovation active in the Florentine and Tuscan territory and to facilitate their collaboration with the best fashion schools. We are certain that today's students will see tomorrow, in the coworking spaces and in the services offered by the start-up, very useful tools to give life to the production of their first collections,” added Trillo.





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