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May 13, 2021 |

#1 Danish firm introduces apple waste leather

In Copenhagen, a startup is developing a process that converts apple waste to a leather alternative.

Beyond Leather Materials calls the material Leap after the “LEftover APles” from the cider and juice industries that provide the raw material. Organic textiles and a protective coating provide the rest of the three-layer material.

Producing Leap emits 85% less carbon dioxide than traditional leather tanning, without animal or toxic chemicals. The United Nations estimates clothing and footwear generate 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Consumer demand for more eco-friendly materials, however, is expected to create an $85 billion plant-based leather industry by 2025.

Beyond Leather Materials was founded in 2017 and raised €1.1 million (US$1.3 million) last year.

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