Let’s start off with some trivia facts, Leather production round.
The industry uses 50% of the water supply in the US and 30% of the earth’s landmass.
The industry also produces 18% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emission.
Only 30% of an untreated hide gets turned into leather, the rest is thrown away.
Leather tanneries produce toxic waste.
For alternatives to leather on the high street we are basically left with Polyurethane, PU or Faux Leather, the manufacture of these creates it’s own load of environmental issues and whilst they are a better alternative to leather for people looking for animal free products they still harm the planet.
So whats the alternative? Here at Fashion Fix Daily we love when fashion and technology come together. It looks like the production of leather using biotechnology might become one of our new favourite fashion and technology collaborations.
Companies like Pinatex and Mycoworks are setting the faux leather production industry up for an eco-friendly and sustainable future. Pinatex creates ‘leather’ out of the fibres of pineapple leaves ensuring that farmers can use the entire produce, therefore making the farming of pineapple more economical and the production of leather less strenuous on the planet. Companies such as Puma have already used the fibre to make prototypes of their products.
Another company to produce ‘leather’ in the non-tradition way is MycoWorks. The San Francisco based company has started to produce leather using the mycelium in mushrooms. The material is can be customised to look like cow, snake and even elephant skin.
Watch the video online to see just how sustainable vegan leather could be for the planet.