This new, special material has just as special a story.
One of his first creations was a glue, which wasn’t very successful. So he reworked the glue and placed it through a pasta machine back in 2004. The sheet of fabric created became the very basis of apple leather!
Developed further and made commercially viable with the help of a company named Frumat, this ecological, breathable, waterproof and durable material has been a game changer in the industry.
When apples are used for manufactured foods like juice, cider or sauce, there are solids left over called apple pomace. Due to its high cellulose content, apple pomace is ideal for creating new fabrics. This has led to upcycled clothing & accessories we see with burgeoning sustainable clothing brands today.
But it can’t be all apple, can it?
While your vegan crossbody bag is not 100% apples, it is many steps in the right direction. One of the most impacting things about using apple pomace is that it’s an entirely renewable resource, reducing the CO2 impact significantly compared to faux leathers composed of 100% fossil fuels.
The most notable environmental impacts come from large reductions in ozone depletion, land use and marine ecosystem destruction. Most alternative leathers, however, have a small amount of PU based materials, whether it be corn leather, pineapple leather, mushroom or grape.
In the meantime, this mixture of materials ensures the durability and longevity of your vegan shoes or your leather wallet while greatly reducing its carbon footprint.
One argument that is commonly used in favor of animal-based leather is that it’s reusing waste material from another industry, the factory farming industry, but in order to have a meaningful impact we know we need to reduce animal farming altogether.
The more that come to fruition (pun intended), the better able we are to research and develop more renewable plant-based PU’s or alternatives and drive emission numbers into the ground. So in the meantime, viva la pasta and your scrumptious accessories.