EDUCATION: BEYOND VEGAN LEATHER - MEET OUR APPLESKIN™ BAGS
Two styles from our latest collection are crafted with Italian Appleskin™, a new generation, bio-based material that utilises waste from the apple industry.
Bio-based materials are those derived from plants and other renewable agricultural materials. This can be the entire material when developing a vegan leather or a portion of it. Appleskin™ is made of 25% apple waste, with polyurethane included to ensure the fabric is robust + waterproof. Italian company Frumat developed the idea + partnered with manufacturersMabel Industries to produce Appleskin™ 'leather'.
It begins in South Tyrol, Italy, where waste such as apple skins + cores from products like juices + jams are recovered. Instead of the usual disposal of this waste - by burning to ashes or depositing in landfill - these apple materials are dried, ground + turned into a powder which is laid out + sealed with a resin to create a durable leather alternative.
The technical characteristics + workability of Mabel's Appleskin™ have been developed to be comparable to animal leather, with a carbon footprint approximately 8 times lower than production of animal leather.
Appleskin™ does not require the extreme amounts of water + energy as animal leather to be produced, nor does it require the chemicals used to stop animal skin from decomposing - ie the tanning process that is used for approximately 90% of the world's leather.
While scale continues to challenge bio-based material makers, it's encouraging to see more brands embracing these new materials with each passing year - thus ensuring longevity for what was once considered a niche outlier in the 'leather' space.
The businesses that are developing these materials are pioneers + an iterative process will be required to build on what they've started. We are confident these materials will become mainstream in the coming years.
Two new styles - the Transit Day Bag + Transit Mini - crafted in Appleskin™ are part of our latest collection. Working to bring more bio-based materials in our collection is our goal, and we look forward to keeping you updated on the journey.