Lizhan Environmental Corporation, which makes collagen fibres and fabrics from recycled leather waste, has launched the first product from its Evergreen production line.

Lizhan said the development put the company “in the forefront” of China’s eco-friendly leather manufacturing industry.

The new process should generate a high economic benefit, the company added, and should also mitigate the waste of scratch leather generated during the manufacturing process, as well as alleviating its environmental impact.

Products made using the Evergreen Productions process are eco-friendly, bacteria- and fire-resistant, and can be used for a wide range of applications, including garments.

Lizhan said sales of the products should start generating income in the second quarter of this year.

“We are very proud to be the first to introduce a revolutionary product, the Evergreen Product, which is expected to generate higher margins than our existing products, to the leather market,” said Jianfeng Liu, Lizhan chairman and CEO.

“These new products can provide the company with significant benefits such as higher price premiums and greater market share in China’s leather industry.”