ALMANew vegan bio-based material
The Leather industry is one of the most polluting, using huge volumes of chemical products and water and artificial leather made by fossil fuel-derived PU also has drawbacks. Thus, there is a need to investigate new, ecological materials with the same functionalities.
In the project, vegan apple leather made from bio-based oils from algae instead of conventional PU will be used. The partnership will produce a capsule collection of vegan leather jackets to showcase sustainable faux leather. The objective of the project is to improve the ecological footprint of apple skin by replacing PU faux Leather. Even though is not the first time this material has been implemented, the partnership aims to use Algae and manage it like Apple leather.
OSIER B.V (The Netherlands)
OSIER is an environmentally aware luxury label from Amsterdam that creates vegan accessories continuously striving to improve each step of their manufacturing process whilst striving for a transparent supply chain and developing innovative materials. Based on the belief that the fashion industry has to undergo a revolution towards sustainability, Theresa Jentzsch started the vegan label OSIER. OSIER produces is products in Europe while keeping the quality high, and collaborates with innovative material manufacturers.
MABEL SRL (Italy)
With over 40 years’ experience in the production of synthetic leather for many businesses, the company is established as a leader of PU and PVC coated textiles, as well as natural and ecological projects. The patent, owned by FRUMAT allows Mabel as the manufacturer producing the apple leather, according to the recipe FRUMAT has a patent for. Also, the apple leather does not contain bio-based oil from algae yet. This is what the team is trying to accomplish through the WORTH project.