Wineleather: New Vegan Alternative to Animal & Synthetic Leathers
I just heard about wineleather–described as the “vegetal alternative to animal and synthetic leathers”–due to it winning the Global Change Award 2017 by the H&M Foundation.
So just to sum it up–we now have leather alternatives made from pineapple, mushroom, kombucha, soybeans, and now, wine. And veganism is still thought to be restrictive?! VEGEA Vegetal Leather was founded in January 2016, with the goal of “producing innovative vegetal leather-like materials, based on ethical principles such as sustainability, health protection of workers and consumers, social responsibility and total respect for the environment.”
The process of creating the eco-friendly material, made from the “fibers contained in grape skins and seeds,” is described on VEGEA’s website:
“We developed an innovative production process which converts fibers and vegetal oils contained in grape marc into an eco-friendly material. Globally, 26 billions Liters of wine are produced every year. From this production process we can derive almost 7 billions Kilograms of grape marc, to be transformed into a high value added raw material and potentially produce 3 billions square meters of Wineleather, every year.”
With wineleather being the “new way” to be both “fashionable and eco-friendly at the same time,” VEGEA’s focus is for its product to be “applied in every segment of the leather industry: apparel, accessories, furnishing, packaging, automotive & transportation.” To learn more about the company and see the beautiful shades of wineleather for yourself, visit the website here.
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