55% of fashion companies aim to source at least half of their products with sustainable materials by 2025.
Below are some great sustainable and environmentally friendly Vegan Leather Alternatives to animal leather to consider for your next collection.
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Pineapple leather is used by many designer brands in the fashion industry. It is made from the natural fibers from the pineapple leaf, and a combination of plastic and resin. No animal by-products are used in it’s production. In fact, It takes approximately 480 pineapple leaves to produce 1 square meter of pineapple leather, which is not much considering the abundance of pineapple leaves leftover after the fruits are picked.
Pineapple leather is heat resistant, water resistant, flexible, soft, durable, and breathable – making it a great alternative to animal leather.
Pineapple leather is less expensive than some natural leather, while being a little more expensive than PU, or polyurethane leather (plastic). For example, a 20 square foot, high-quality vegetable tanned cowhide might cost around $150, while the same quantity of PU would cost around $12, and the same quantity of pineapple leather would cost around $65.
Pineapple leather is used for a variety of applications including handbags, shoes, boots, clothing, and personal accessories. It can also be used in the production of automobile and furniture upholstery.
Cactus leather is another great Vegan Leather Alternative. It is organic, partially biodegradable, soft, durable, and can be used to make clothing, accessories, furniture, and even car interiors.
Earlier this year, Karl Lagerfeld x Amber Valletta launched a collection of handbags using Desserto cactus leather.
The collection features a sustainable cactus leather version of the iconic K/Kushion bag in a pleated design, along with a wallet and card holder made of the same cactus leather, priced between $58 and $470, which is comparable to the rest of the leather handbag collection. A second Lagerfeld x Amber Valletta collection with ready-to-wear clothing will debut for spring 2022.
In 2012, product designers Philip Ross and Jonas Edvard began experimenting with homeware products made from mycelium, the vegetative part of a fungus.
“Mycelium can be used to make batteries, spaceships, and fashion. What I am trying to say is that the use of mycelium is scarily endless,” Ross said at the time.
Turns out, ‘shrooms are quite versatile!
In fashion, mushroom leather has been used on the runways for several years now. Mushroom leather is light, flexible, and durable. Tests have shown the material to be as strong as deerskin!
The growing process for mushroom leather takes around three weeks, compared to three years to raise cattle to a decent size to allow for one piece of usable leather.
The newest in sustainable leather technology is biofabricated leather. Biofabrication is the process of creating and assembling collagen and different proteins to yield leather that is “naturally indistinguishable” to traditional types. The process originated for medical use, developing human skin for burn victims, etc.
The material can be developed to any size, thickness, or softness, or resemble any part of the animal skin. Biofabricated leather is abrasion-resistant, water-resistant, durable, with superior colorfastness.
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The price is comparable to animal leather, but is not available yet in large volumes. This is an innovative material to keep an eye on – you WILL want to use it in your collection.
Sustainable products and materials are the future. Don’t let your brand get left behind or become obsolete.
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