This is not crazy! Designers make boots and handbags from skins and fruit seeds in latest green campaign
- The growth of vegan fashion has spurred experimentation in clothing production
- The process sees the leaves, skins, stems and seeds dried and rolled in faux leather
- H&M offers Vegea vegan leather boots made from skins, stems and grape seeds
- While Selfridges Marici handbags are created from 80% pineapple leaf fibers
Forget about leather and leather – designers and big brands are turning to materials made from fruit in an effort to bolster their green credentials.
H&M offers Vegea vegan leather boots made from skins, stems and grape seeds, while Selfridges’ Marici handbags are created from 80% pineapple leaf fibers.
The growth of vegan fashion spurred experimentation and the production of clothing from the leftovers of the wine and juice industry.
Designers and major brands are turning to materials made from fruit in order to strengthen their ecological references. H&M offers vegan Vegea leather boots (pictured) made from skins, stems and grape seeds
The process sees the leaves, skins, stems and seeds dried, crushed, chemically treated and rolled in a faux leather felt.
Cecilia McNeil, sustainable materials specialist for H&M, told the Sunday Times: “One of the advantages of the material is that it uses resources that would otherwise be considered waste using the leftovers from wine production.
‘The material contains polyurethane [plastic] and this is something that we are working to improve.
Meanwhile, Luxtra London’s online store sells bags and wallets made from fruits such as apples and pineapples.
Owner Jessica Kruger, 33, said: “Right now the cost of tissue with more fruit flesh and less plastic is prohibitive, but economies of scale will help bring it down.
“However, consumers also need to be more aware, perhaps, that things might have to be a bit more expensive in order to ensure an ethical supply chain.
“Cowhide is one of the most durable natural materials and other materials can’t quite compete.
“I was looking at a Piñatex card holder that my colleague has in silver and it is 800 days old and is in good condition, the seams are perfectly intact.”