The grape leather we are using is from VEGEA, GRS certified and it's made in Italy.
VEGEA is an innovative bio-based material made from recycled and renewable raw materials in Milan in the Regione Lombardia in Italy.
Working in collaboration with Italian wineries, VEGEA adds value to grape residue (skins, seeds, stalks) from the winemaking process. The manufacturing process begins with the extraction of bio-oil from the grape seeds and combining this with the seeds, stalks and other natural fibres from agriculture, through a patented process, to create a textured, soft leather-like material, backed with 78% eco-composite organic cotton and 22% water based PU.
The resultant material is a breathable, water resistant, high temperature resistant product with good physical properties and highly sustainable, with grape marc a by-product of the huge volumes of wine produced annually.
VEGEA is REACH compliant and solvent free. Environmentally friendly, non-toxic, with no odour, zero water, no synthetic or polluting oils and minimal ecosystem impact.
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We selected Biobased Leather Alternatives to produce our bags to raise awareness about Climate, Biodiversity and Nature.
What is Biobased Leather Alternatives? It's a plant-based and refers to leather-like material that is wholly or partly derived from the food waste or by-products from agriculture - biomass, originally from plants or trees. iFarmaissance uses a variety of biomass sources such as grape residue from the waste of the wine making process and apple residue from the leftover pomace and peel from the fruit juice and compote industry, as well as pineapple leaf fibres and regeneratively grown cactus.
Our founder’s assignment of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge is now supported by The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, in conjunction with The HKSAR Innovation and Technology Commission for R & D Biobased leather alternatives with the professors of City University of Hong Kong to bring this plan to life in a real life scenario and to contribute to a Decarbonisation Solution for the World.
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