‘Waste’ is only waste if no one uses it. Imagination can dream up a second life for used materials. Innovation can make it happen.
From deforestation to water use, and global warming to waterway pollution, virgin leather can have an extremely high negative environmental impact. Our recycled leather is made from tannery offcuts and trimmings that would have been discarded, they’re milled into fibres and re-formed with no adhesives, only high pressure water jets.
Up to 90% of all the rubbish in the sea is plastic. And one of the worst culprits is nylon fishing nets—they don’t break down easily and harm marine life. Our partner rescues the nets and nylon scraps and sorts, cleans and purifies them. The regenerated nylon threads are then ready to be woven into textiles.
APPLE SKIN LEATHER
Born as a solution to food-production waste in Italy, this innovative vegan ‘leather’ is made from the unwanted peel and core of apples.The apple waste is dried and ground into powder. This is mixed with a binder and pigment, and spread onto canvas, until it turns into a leather-like material.
The world’s largest non-food crop is highly demanding of water, heavily reliant on pesticides and has a questionable reputation when it comes to labour practices. To make ‘new’ recycled cotton, discarded cotton clothes are sorted by colour, mechanically shredded, spun into yarns and then re-woven.
Agriculture creates byproducts that can’t be reused. One of these is pineapple leaves, the result of existing pineapple harvesting.
The pineapple leaf fibres are extracted, washed and dried by the sun before being formed into felt. GOTS certified pigments and a top coating is then added for durability.
Single-use plastic has a short lifespan but can last hundreds of years—filling the oceans, harming wildlife and poisoning the earth.
Our zips are made from recycled plastic bottles. The post-consumer waste is broken down and pulverised before being spun into yarn and made into zips.
Post-consumer textile waste is a growing landfill issue. More clothes are being made, more are being discarded after a short use and not enough are being recycled. Discarded company textiles and corporate uniforms from the likes of IKEA and KLM are mixed with recycled PET from plastic bottles and ‘needled’ onto a polyester core.