In addition to being much better for the environment, Piñatex also creates extra income for farmers and provides an opportunity for developing farming communities to enter commercial industry.
More leather alternatives
Pellemela is another leather alternative, made from apple waste and has a slightly smoother and more leather-like texture than its tropical cousin.
Pioneered by an apple farmer in Bolzano, Italy, it is made using the skin and core waste of the fruit which is dehydrated and powdered down and mixed with water and a natural glue. Pellemela is just as durable as leather but comes with the peace of mind that no animals were harmed in its production.
As well as being well-known for its leather, Italy also produces some amazing wines. Now, these two industries have come together to create a sustainable leather-like product from grape marc – that is the skins, stalks and seeds of the grapes, which are usually discarded in the wine-making process.
Vegea is the number one producer of this ‘wine-leather’, a 100% sustainable and vegan product which has already been awarded the Global Change Award by H&M, the Swedish fashion chain. H&M has been using Vegea to make shoes and handbags since 2020.
Fashion, of course, has always been about creativity, but now the creation of new, sustainable materials is equally in vogue and exciting news in fashion’s sustainability journey.