Vegan leather, beyond beLEAF™

November 1st, 2019

Leather made from leaves has the feel and texture of traditional leather while offering an environmentally sustainable option. Photos: Ricardo Perini. A material that looks and feels like leather is actually made from leaves. Natural and renewable, beLEAF™ is the creation of Nova Kaeru, a Brazilian company dedicated to developing ethical, sustainable and innovative products. The […]

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From train seat to handbag

September 1st, 2019

Made from reused leather train seats, batches five and six of the Amtrak collection of recycled leather goods include handbags, cardholders, sunglass cases, weekenders, totes, travel kits and backpacks. Photo: People for Urban Progress. Amtrak’s Acela Express trains, which offer comfort and upscale amenities for passengers along the northeast corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., […]

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Sustainable leather processing

June 5th, 2019

When it comes to environmentally friendly production, the leather industry is still in its infancy. OEKO-TEX is changing that with the launch of its Sustainable Textile and Leather Production Certification (STeP). Until now, certification according to STeP by OEKO-TEX was only available to producers within the textile supply chain. New OEKO-TEX regulations were instituted in […]

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Hit the road with a canvas surfboard bag

August 1st, 2018

So what is the best way to carry your surfboard on the go—especially when your car or motorcycle has limited space? The answer lies in the childhood memories of one of the artisans at No Excuse Co., who recalls seeing his father, a military man, carrying a huge duffle bag on his shoulder as he […]

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OEKO-TEX® issues leather standard

June 6th, 2017

For the first time, the OEKO-TEX Association is introducing a standard for the leather sector. The first certifications are being carried out with the sheepskin producers G.L. Bowron and Gerberei Hofbrucker, as well as with the retail chain LIDL. Additional certificates will be granted soon. As of January 2017, the association is inspecting and certifying […]

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High-performance faux leather

September 1st, 2015

NuLeather™ is The Mitchell Group’s newest offering in high-performance faux leather; with a luxurious texture and feel and the ability to withstand demanding applications, it is being marketed to hospitality, health care, contract and residential markets. Engineered with the highest quality polycarbonate resins for strength and durability, the fabric’s formulation offers hydrolysis resistance, and its […]

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