Matt + Nat makes vegan leather handbags from Apple waste for the first time

Vegan accessories brand Matt + Nat recently launched their first handbag collection featuring new, bio-based vegan leather made from waste recovered from the juice industry. “After an abundance of research, sweat and tears, it’s finally here… The collection of all collections… One that is unlike any other and that will blow your mind,” said Manny Kohli, President and CEO of Matt + Nat, on Instagram. “Discover a collection that pushes all limits and takes ‘an apple a day’ to a whole new level. “

Vegan leather, called AppleSkin, is an innovative material patented by the Italian company Frumat. Made in Italy from apples grown in Bolzano, a town in the north of the country, AppleSkin is produced by recovering the pasty pulp (made up of cellulose fibers from the skin and heart) from leftover apple juice on an industrial scale. , which would otherwise be discarded.

While AppleSkin’s precise manufacturing process is a trade secret, we do know that cellulose is turned into a powder and used to reduce the amount of virgin material needed to create vegan leather. The resulting AppleSkin is about 20 to 30 percent apple. Less virgin material means less natural resources extracted from the planet, and less emissions and energy consumption throughout the supply chain.

Matt + Nat has teamed up with Frumat to create their new Studio 901 collection which includes handbags with an AppleSkin outer body and, as with all Matt + Nat bags, inner liners made from recycled water bottles. 100 %. The collection includes 12 handbags, including a backpack, mini satchel, bucket bag and tote bag in black, brown and green hues and gold details such as chain straps and V closures . VegNews.MattandNatAppleSkin1

Vegan apple leather makes fashion, furniture and cars more durable

In recent years, more and more fashion and furniture brands are stepping up their sustainability efforts by making products using textiles from plants and recycled or recycled materials. While companies use herbal options made with cacti, pineapple, and mushrooms, apple-based vegan leather is a versatile material that has been used in a number of industries.

Last year, Canadian furniture designer Gus * Modern introduced sofas and lounge chairs made with innovative vegan AppleSkin in his fall 2020 collection. discharges and is a harmonious addition to our other green options. [such as] Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and cushion padding made from recycled plastic bottles, ”said Anthony Santino, vice president of sales at Gus * Design Group, in a statement.VegNews.GusModernVeganLeather

That same year, vegan actress and activist Pamela Anderson partnered with French fashion label Ashoka Paris to launch a line of AppleSkin handbags in a variety of colors and styles. The collection was designed by Anderson and designer David Mateo over a 16-month period, and each bag is embossed with a message that reads, “Resist! (Resist). Inside every beautiful person is an activist eager to defend the planet.

Additionally, in 2019 German automaker Volkswagen announced an electric SUV concept car with a 100% vegan leather interior made from apples. The full-size, zero-emission Roomzz ID, slated to be sold in China, was first unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show.

To learn more about sustainable fashion, read:
Louis Vuitton’s first sustainable shoe is made from vegan corn leather
Mushroom vegan leather handbag hits the runway for the first time
Old Navy makes herbal sandals from sugarcane

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