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Vegan (or vegetable) leather

Your guide in choosing cruelty free materials

How does this guide work?
They are of natural origin, they do not use materials of animal origin. Most of these are ecological, others are less so. Choose the material you are interested in, then click on the corresponding button for more information. You can also choose to switch guides if you are interested in specific fibers:

What are the alternatives to leather?

Mistakenly called vegan leather (or vegetable leather) they are synthetic / artificial materials created by man in the laboratory as alternatives to leather of animal origin.

The goal is to reproduce the main characteristics of the skin of animal origin.

Being the latest generation materials, the utmost attention is paid to the environmental aspect, so we will only talk about those that we consider most ecological.

Cruelty free fashion is a rapidly growing trend among consumers, who are increasingly attentive and aware during their purchases, which is why we see the number of these materials growing year after year.

Where to buy these materials?

We are not producers, but as an association we can point you to Italian suppliers. 

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List of alternative materials to leather

Please note:: nuove provisions on the use of the terms "leather", "skin" and "fur" and those derived from them or their synonyms. This decree contains provisions relating to the definition and use of the terms "leather", "leather", "full grain leather", "coated leather", "coated leather", "fur" and "regenerated leather fibers" and to the labeling and marking of the materials as well as of the artifacts with them manufactured, if they are indicated, with the same terms, by any modalita 'of presentation and communication, including electronically, in order to provide correct information to the consumer. Read the decree.

Vegan (or vegetable) leather

Vegan leather (also called vegan leather, or imitation leather) is an artificial / synthetic material made in a laboratory by man.

Unlike leather of animal origin, vegan leather is created by exploiting resources of vegetable origin, which are combined - through chemical processes - with substances of synthetic origin such as polyurethane.

Some of these have a high quantity of (natural) vegetable raw material, while others use a greater quantity of synthetic raw material.

By reading the descriptions that follow, you will find out everything there is to know about vegan skin.

AppleSkin

AppleSkin is a vegan leather made from apples.

Why AppleSkin is it an ecological vegan leather?

Vegan skin Appleskin it is created using waste from apple production, such as peels and cores. The food industry discards millions of tons of unusable materials, which, in this case, are recovered by an Italian company that transforms them into vegan leather.

What do you do with AppleSkin?

  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
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Bioplasty

BioPlastic is an artificial fiber derived from natural raw materials.

Why is Bioplastic an ecological alternative to leather?

BioPlastic is the alternative to plastic derived from petroleum products. It is created by exploiting agricultural resources, mostly vegetable waste such as corn, potatoes, wheat, etc.

BioPlastic is partly biodegradable, or compostable, although it still requires proper disposal.

What is done with BioPlastic?

  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
  • Sustainable packaging
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Desserto

Desserto is a vegan leather made from the ripe leaves of the prickly pear (cactus).

Why Desserto is it an ecological vegan leather?

Desserto it is an alternative to leather composed of up to 90% of vegetable and biological raw materials, and is partially biodegradable and recyclable.

The cactus (prickly pear) used for the production of Desserto it is a sustainable crop that requires little energy and little water and does not require chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides.

Furthermore, this culture allows to create a double business, in fact 50% of the harvest is destined for the food industry.

What do you do with Desserto?

  • Leatherwear
  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
  • Interior cladding (home)
  • Automotive
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Fruitleather

Fruitleather is a vegan leather made from mango fruit.

Why Fruitleather is it an ecological vegan leather?

Fruitleather is a vegan leather created by exploiting the waste from mango production, a typically sub-tropical fruit that is imported and processed in Europe. Some of these fruits are used, for example, to make fruit juices, and what remains after squeezing is the mush that is used to make this vegan skin.

Vegan skin Fruitleather it does not use toxic solvents during production, and it is one of the few that does not use synthetic fiber supports, but rather cotton, which makes it 100% biodegradable.

What do you do with Fruitleather?

  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
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Ligneah

Ligneah is a vegan leather made from wood.

Why Ligneah is it an ecological vegan leather?

This vegan leather is created thanks to an innovative technology that allows you to cut thin sheets of wood to be glued on cotton supports. The forests from which the wood comes are certified, and no toxic substances dangerous for the environment and human health are used during the production of the material.

What do you do with Ligneah?

  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
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Malai

Malai is a vegan leather made from coconut water.

Why Malai is it an ecological vegan leather?

Vegan skin Malai uses coconut water discarded from the food industry as a raw material. The production process is totally solvent free, therefore it does not use any chemical substance that is harmful to the environment.

Being devoid of any material of animal origin, too Malai can be considered a vegan skin.

What do you do with Malai?

  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
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Muskin

Muskin is a vegan leather made from Phellinus Ellipsoideus, a parasitic fungus from subtropical forests.

Why Muskin is it an ecological vegan leather?

Muskin comes from mushrooms, a resource present in large quantities in nature. Even by increasing the production of this vegan leather, and assuming we have to reach artificial cultivation, these mushrooms would grow spontaneously without the aid of chemical / toxic substances.

The production of Muskin it does not involve the use of chemicals that are harmful to the environment and to people, and can be considered one of the most ecological vegan leather without using synthetic fiber supports.

What do you do with Muskin?

  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
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Mylo

Mylo it is an alternative to the skin of animal origin obtained from the mycelium (the vegetative system of fungi).

Why Mylo is it an ecological vegan leather?

Mylo is a latest generation material made in the laboratory by cultivating the mycelium in vertical gardens. This material, the result of biotechnology, is the latest among the best known, and is also "among the most sustainable" according to the statements of the manufacturing company which in 2022 will release a study dedicated to the sustainability of this material.

To produce Mylo no toxic solvents are used.

What do you do with Mylo?

  • Jackets and pants
  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
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Piñatex

Piñatex is a vegan leather made from pineapple leaves.

Why Piñatex is it an ecological vegan leather?

This vegan skin called Piñatex exploits the waste from pineapple production, specifically the leaves of this fruit. We consider this material ecological, but also socially responsible, since within a few years it managed to create nuovi jobs and local wealth: farmers get additional income to separate the longer leaves from the shorter ones.

What do you do with Piñatex?

  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
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Rinnova

Rinnova is a vegan leather made from wheat.

Why Rinnova is it an ecological vegan leather?

The production of Rinnova it is 100% solvent free, does not use chemicals harmful to the environment, and is created thanks to the use of the non-edible parts of the grain.

Also Rinnova can be defined as a vegan skin.

What do you do with Rinnova?

  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
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Cork

Cork is an ecological natural fiber extracted from Cork Oak.

Why is Cork an ecological alternative to leather?

Cork is extracted from oaks, plants that don't need any kind of chemical treatment to thrive. Cork oaks live up to 200 years and also contribute to the release of oxygen. We therefore consider their cultivation to be very sustainable.

Biodegradable and infinitely recyclable, cork is a fiber with multiple uses. The only flaw is that we should use it more, as plastic is often preferred over this natural material in recent decades.

What do you do with Cork?

  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
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Vegea

Vegea is a vegan leather made from marc.

Why Vegea is it an ecological vegan leather?

Vegan skin Vegea it is created using the waste from wine processing as raw material, such as stalks, skins and grape seeds. Tons of this waste are thrown away every year by the wine industry.

Not using raw materials of animal origin, too Vegea can be considered a vegan skin.

What do you do with Vegea?

  • Leatherwear
  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
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