Mocha SplitCradle-to-Cradle bags made of banana peel leather and coffee packaging
Cradle-to-Cradle bags made of banana peel leather and coffee packaging.
The leather industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world and the number of customers that are reluctant to buy animal leather accessories is growing. A quarter of 25-34 year olds identify themselves as vegan or vegetarian and there has been a 600% increase in people adopting veganism over the past 3 years- There is a need to work and use more and more bio/vegan leather that has the same properties in terms of softness and durability.
In Italy alone, 46 million coffee capsules (a non-recyclable compound of plastic and aluminium) are thrown away every year, and their disposal is a huge environmental problem.
The project represents a new way of interpreting an accessory that combines ethics and aesthetics. It’s part of a circular economy system where materials find new life through high-level artisanal techniques. They intend to replace leather with vegan leather (from banana peel) and offer the market a product that is 100% sustainable and cruelty-free. The interweaving of the coffee packaging allows different patterns to be created and the use of two different innovative materials in the same product means the partnership appeals to those who want to have a unique, exclusive and ethical lifestyle.
MERAKY DI EMILIA PAOLICELLI (Italy)
Meraky designs produces and sells innovative fashion and design accessories, brought to life thanks to their idea of using waste as a raw material. They use coffee packaging made of a plastic and aluminium poly-laminate, which normally goes to landfill, as it is non-recyclable, to create new products.
IN.FILO INDÚSTRIA DE FIAÇAO, LDA (Portugal)
In.Filo is a Portuguese start-up founded to develop sustainable materials. Their current focus is on the development of new materials that are adjustable to the circular economy textile market.