Video: Pineapples, Kombucha, Coffee - What Is Eco-leather Made Of Today?
Some five years ago, reproaching vegetarians, their opponents constantly used one argument: you don't eat meat, good. And from what, remind, your boots? Don't you wear leather too? There were practically no ethical alternatives to natural leather. The existing artificial substitutes could not compete with it: neither in appearance, nor in quality, nor in durability. Today the situation has changed. There are many more natural alternatives (up to a certain limit: they still have plastic, but on a smaller scale) - and they are much more interesting. Because eco-leather is made, it seems, from almost everything: from mushrooms to tea. Let's talk about the most interesting and popular options.
The most famous eco-leather is, of course, Pinatex, a material based on pineapple leaves. It takes about 480 leaves to create one square meter of pinatex. And production waste is used as fertilizer or biofuel. It is usually easy to recognize pinatex among other eco-leathers: this leather has a very characteristic "paper", slightly wrinkled texture. And pinatex is already widely used today - for example, such massive brands as H&M and Puma have already had announcement collections. And on the podium too - at the Boss.
Another popular leather substitute is cork-based material. And just cork "leather" many call the most environmentally friendly of all natural alternatives. It is recyclable, completely decomposed and without outside help, and extracted from the bark of the balsa tree - that is, a renewable resource. You don't even need to cut down trees to extract raw materials.
Plant-based ingredients in general often form the basis of eco-leathers. They are made, for example, from bananas, their apples, grapes, (Bentley once even released a car with an interior completely decorated with grape skin!) Orange cake. And mushrooms - there are two variants of mushroom faux leather on the market at once: for the first, caps are used, and for the second, myceliums.
What else? The German company nat-2 produces coffee-based eco-leather shoes - a material with a suede texture is obtained. And more recently, even kombucha, the favorite drink of healthy millennials, has been adapted for the same purpose: this skin is called teather.
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