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The conditioning of wood residues for an even more ecological fur

The conditioning of wood residues for an even more ecological fur

The conditioning of wood residues for an even more ecological fur

Valorize production residues

Management of material waste has become a focus as the organization has grown. Through this project, sawdust—one of the waste products from the fur preparation department—is reused through a partner within the agricultural sector.

The fur preparation department works with raw animal pelts so that they can be ready for conversion into accessories (boots, mittens, hats, etc.). The ultimate goal of the process is to clean and soften the hides. One of the last steps of preparation involves nourishing the leather through application of a fatty substance. The replenished pelts are then placed in a rotating drum with sawdust, which sloughs off excess grease and cleans them through the rotating action.

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A more ecological input

Over the years, the volume of sawdust used has become a concern, and so to lower economic and environmental costs, BILODEAU Canada has developed various partnerships. First, sawdust is procured from P.W.I. Industries in Saint-Hyacinthe, which is a leader in the transformation of industrial wood waste. Their products are made using what is left over from companies that make wood floors and wood furniture, for example.

Two circularity loops, for a more circular economy

In the first stage of the sustainability cycle, BILODEAU Canada makes use of the sawdust to remove the excess grease needed for the nourishment of leather. To prevent the sawdust from then ending up in the landfill, another partnership was established with a local producer. The Grands Ducs Farm in Saint-Félicien recycles the sawdust as animal bedding before then using it as organic fertilizer in its fields. The concerted actions of all parties allow for the recycling of 8 to 10 tons of wood annually.

Goals

With the growth of the organization, the volume of sawdust increased considerably. The organization needed to find a more economical way to dispose of this industrial waste material.

Aim : To find a solution to diminish costs pertaining to the management of this material waste.

Primary Resources Required

  • Wood
  • Organic Materials
  • Textiles

Relevant Sustainability Strategies

  • Responsible supply and consumption
  • Reprocessing
  • Recycling and Composting
  • Reuse

Results Achieved

The solution decided upon was to establish a partnership with an agricultural producer. This agreement initially allowed for a reduction in waste disposal fees.

The circularity loops have made it possible to valorize the material by reducing the use of virgin material and by recycling it as an enrichment for the soil.

Second, it enabled the reuse of the material, in keeping with the company’s philosophy regarding the principles of sustainable development. Between 8 to 10 tons of material are kept from waste disposal centers annually.

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