Technology and science has come a long way in creating eco friendly alternatives to authentic cowhide leather. We can design leather much better than an animal can. We’re basically taking aerospace engineering of highly complex materials and using it to make wearable items that are a much better design for people than the original design from an animal would be and it’s all green and sustainable.
Eco-leather is made with natural fibers such as flax or cotton mixed with palm, corn, soybean and other plant oils that are laminated together in layers to create something that looks and feels as if it came from an animal.
We love it because it gives us a whole element of design that we didn’t have before when we were trying to work with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as an artificial leather substitute. Also it’s breathable. It’s not like a plastic that would make your foot sweaty if you wore it.
And unlike real leather, which requires tanning — a process that releases potentially toxic materials into the environment — the materials in eco-leather are sustainable and produce a low carbon footprint.
Interest in the material is growing. Nike, Puma and Adidas have requested samples of it so that they can experiment with this new, green product.
Producing real leather is not very eco-friendly. So to be able to have a material that looks, feels and has the same properties of leather — but is more controllable and is more environmentally friendly is a great achievement.
If we can use plants to make a bio-based material that replaces something like leather that has all sorts of environmental and social concerns surrounding it, then that would be a very positive contribution to the sustainability of our planet.
We are very happy to be using Eco leather in our makeup bags. Even though this may seem a small feat, if every company took baby steps, oh what a change the world will see.
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