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.
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.
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.