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Plant-Based Leather and More




Some unique non-plastic based materials are being used today to develop new leather alternatives. Focusing for a smaller ecological footprint and greater sustainability, scientists have experimented with recycled rubber, stone, silicone,corn and more in order to create better faux alternatives to PU leather and PVC leather. Most of these replacements come with their own set of problems, though, from their cost, durability and attractiveness, to their ability to biodegrade.

But probably the most promising and most exciting development is happening in the area of plant-based leathers. These faux leathers are derived from natural plant materials, many of them waste products from other productions, solving two problems at once. Materials include everything from cork leather and leaf leather to coconut and cactus leathers


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