The history of the tanning industry goes back 10,000 years – and the process was always thought to be impossible without the use of large amounts of water. ECCO Leather’s new DriTan™ technology breaks the paradigm and is now set to revolutionise the entire leather industry. DriTan™ by ECCO Leather is one of the steps in the tanning process and uses the moisture already present in the hides. The resulting leather is indistinguishable from traditionally tanned leather in terms of quality, characteristics, stability and lead-time. Besides saving huge amounts of water, the technology also considerably reduces the amount of chemicals used, and in addition it lowers the waste water production. DriTan™ is reducing 20 litres of water per hide. This translates to 25 million litres of water saved a year. This is enough water to keep 9.000 people hydrated for one year.