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This warm, dark brown faux leather from Italy is made from apples. It's an incredible, strong, vegan alternative to conventional leather that diverts waste from landfill, among many other environmental benefits (read more below).
This dark, walnut brown faux leather, made from organic apple waste material, is thin, lightweight and has a crispness. It's smooth with a lightly dappled textured surface, completely opaque. The back is a light brown woven material, so the fabric is not considered reversible.
|Width:||TBC approx 43"/110cm|
|Weight:||TBC approx 100gsm|
|Fibre:||Outer: 100% Organic Apple. Backing: TBC|
|Country of Origin:||Italy|
|Eco Credentials:||Animal Cruelty-Free, Recycled-Material (from waste produce), VOC-Free, Chlorine-Free, Solvent-Free|
Apple leather is considered a biomaterial. It is created using organic waste materials that are recovered before they are sent to landfill. In this instance, the organic component is apple waste from the industrial apple industry. Millions of apples are cultivated yearly to make juices, jams, and other food products. The waste elements, such as cores and peels, are not used, so they are thermally destroyed or deposited in landfills. Apple pomace (AP) is one of the most produced types of agri-food waste. Globally it is estimated that we create 4 million tonnes per year. Apple waste risks developing fungus, so it cannot be used on fields or as animal feed. If not managed properly, this type of bio-organic waste can cause severe pollution of the natural environment and public health hazards, mainly due to the risk of microbial contamination.
The most common material for small accessories is cow leather, and according to data from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), cow skin leather is the third most negatively impactful material to produce. The SAC index considers climate, water, use of fossil fuels, eutrophication and other environmental factors to assess fashion materials. Polyurethane faux leather made with 100% petrochemicals has less than half the impact of cow leather. Apple leather replaces up to 50% of the petrochemicals with organic waste from apples. The carbon footprint of polyurethane (foam) is 5,28 kg CO2 eq/Kg. In comparison, recovered waste has zero impact. Therefore, every Kg of apple residuals used to substitute PU means 5,28 kg of CO2 saved.
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Use a mild soap and water solution and remove the excess using a white cotton cloth dampened with water. Dry the surface with a dry white cloth. For heavier staining, use a liquid shampoo and water solution and rinse with a water-soaked cloth to remove the excess completely. Clean the spill as soon as possible. Do not use solvents such as alcohol, acetone, paint thinner, bleach, oil, vinegar, waxes, silicones, or detergent cleaners, as they can cause permanent damage to the material.
Stepped pricing is available on 50 metres and over, so please inquire if you are looking for large amounts. We love working with smaller brands: purchase one metre and upwards directly from the website and email us for wholesale quantities for bulk production when you're ready. We welcome large and small orders from brands of all sizes.
Please note that this material is a short run - once it's gone, we will only have wholesale purchasing available. Refunds are not possible once fabrics have been cut, unless in the unfortunate event that your material arrives damaged. Please order a swatch before purchasing your metre lengths. Please see our Refunds and Cancellation Policy page for full details.
Due to the nature of reproducing fabrics, there can be variations in batch dye colour. We have quality controlled this fabric. However, there could be minor discrepancies between batches. If you are unhappy with the material you purchase, please let us know, and we'll do our best to rectify it immediately: firstname.lastname@example.org.