The apple leather we are using is from Vegatex, and it's derived from Japanese Technology.
APPLE Leather Alternatives are bio-based materials made using the leftover pomace and peel from the fruit juice and compote industry.
The Process: The material is created by first taking the recovered apple waste and reducing it to a powder. This biomass powder is then combined with other natural agricultural fibres through a process where it is combined with polyurethane and coated onto a cotton/polyester canvas.
The biobased content can vary but is generally no less than 50% mixed with 50% waterborne PU, and then coated onto the backing carrier textile. The backings are customisable from fully organic cotton through various mixes of polyester/cotton. The result is a durable, environmentally friendly, breathable material (thanks to its organic composition), that is smooth to the touch, and good for hardwearing small accessories.
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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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