These are the eco-modematerialen of the future?

We shall soon bags of pineapple, shoes eels and portfolios of green tea? In the search for sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives to leather stitches the craziest nutrients to the head.

© Ananas Anam

It seems as if not only you and I good intentions have made for this new year: more and more brands realize that their customers in this information age are interested in the who, what, where, and how of their wardrobe. Little by little they adapt their manufacturing process and choice of materials to these questions have a favorable answer to give. Especially dieronvriendelijke luxury materials such as fur, silk and leather are under fire, already promises to be the future of original substitutes for the latter.

Eel and zalmleder

According to the British newspaper The Telegraph was the ledermarkt in 2013, about 25 billion British pounds (or approximately 33 billion euro) worth, but by 2020, expected the International Council of Tanners is that the value will increase to 32 billion BP (or 42 billion euro). The cost of leather production in the past year, however, with 30 percent more expensive. In addition, more and more fashion brands of the toxic chemicals that are used in the processing of the leather and find more environmentally friendly solutions. So there is the brand new high-end accessory line ‘Heidi & Adele, which is relying on the waste of our food industry. Through close relationships with a organic salmon farming facility from Iceland and a palingverwerkingsbedrijf from Korea process Heidi Carneau and Adele Taylor the vishuiden to sustainable handbags, wallets or card holders. Visleder is as strong as other leathers on the market and it is very easy to color, even with the typically weaker, environmentally friendly paints. In addition, the scales have the same luxurious effect as the exotic leather, but without the harsh aftertaste.

A clutch from Heidi & Adele © Heidi & Adele

Who indeed, thought her beautiful pythonlederen boots come from a natural cast-off skin itself, says Heidi Carneau on the Telegraph. “Many fashion companies are ordering their pythonhuiden from Indonesia, where the snakes are illegally poached. The pythons are alive and blown up so that their skin, maximum stretch and then their head chopped off. It’s horrible.” Carneau and Taylor, for whom this label is their first step into the world of fashion, we hope to be able to play in the interests of the ethical fashionista.

Ananasbladeren and green tea

Also well-known brands such as Puma and Camper search for alternatives (calf)leather. Currently experimenting with Piñatex, a lederachtig material resulting from the processing of pineapples. Lederconsulente Carmen Hijosa discovered the material for the first time in the Philippines and founded the company Ananas Anam, that Piñatex will manufacture and distribute. “Piñatex is fully made of ananasbladeren, a waste-product of the large ananasindustrie,” says Hijosa to the Telegraph. “It is immensely versatile; you can bags, shoes, hats, and even seats from manufacture.”

Ananas Anam limited not only the trash heap of the fruitindustrie, it is also particularly advantageous: if the material is Piñatex cost less than 25 euros per meter, where leather, for example, starts from 40 euro. Although the company now appeals should be doing on crowdfunding is Hijosa convinced that Ananas Anam, by 2018, annually a million square meters will sell to several large fashion houses.

Carmen Hijosa is with her Piñatex not the only one who is inspired by her compost pile. Suzanne Lee of BioCouture discovered a way to with the help of green tee, sugar, yeast and a few bacteria is itself a lederachtige building material to manufacture. In her studio in London, she creates a microbial cellulose which will take about two weeks to grow.

Even though the material is very cheap, however, it is unlikely that large fashion houses their bags and jackets will be manufactured. The biggest advantage and disadvantage of this veggie-leather is that it is biodegradable: after five years, begins the material to rot and is ripe for the compost heap; now not the most glamorous death for a designer handbag and or a statement laarsje. Although, reincarnation are not divine? (KS)

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