Each year, a huge 2.12 billion tonnes of waste is dumped on our planet. If all of this waste was to be put on trucks, it would circle the world 24 times!

Textile waste, food waste, and plastic waste all contribute to polluting our soil, groundwater, the air we breathe and our oceans.

Thankfully, there are some brilliant innovations that are transforming this waste into luxurious materials, bringing new life to what would previously have been discarded. This has the double benefit of diverting waste from landfills, and creating less carbon emissions by using what we already have.

We are always seeking new recycled materials to craft our accessories, and love meeting companies that share our passion for eliminating waste. Here are some of the incredible materials that we have used to create our collections over the years, including fabric made from tannery off-cut leather, discarded clothes, single-use plastic bottles, and even apple skins. Read their stories below.


Here at BEEN London we use recycled leather as part of our continued journey to divert waste from landfill. 

See below our products made with recycled leather


Piñatex is made from pineapple leaves, an agricultural waste product of the pineapple harvest. After further processing, it creates the base for a PETA-certified, vegan leather alternative.


AppleSkin™ is an innovative vegan-friendly 'leather' alternative made from the unwanted peel and core of the apple juice industry.


This regenerated nylon is used at BEEN London to help support marine life and clean up our oceans.


Post-consumer PET goes through the steps of chemical recycling to create a recycled polyester yarn. We use these zips with recycled polyester tape across all our products. 

See below our products made with recycled polyester


We use recycled cotton as a lining across our entire range at BEEN London to give discarded clothes another chance! 

See below our products made with recycled cotton


This beautiful recycled felt is used at BEEN London as a protective layer in the Dalston Laptop Case and as a structural element of the Islington Backpack. 

See below our products made with recycled felt