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Taiwanese Manufacturing Major General Silicones Enters Plastic-Free Vegan Leather Market

3 Mins Read General Silicones (GS), a major manufacturer and distributor of silicone and rubber products across the CPG, electronics and automobile industries, has made its first debut into the vegan leather space, introducing a new plastic-free sustainable leather alternative made from natural silicone rubber. The Taiwanese company says the decision is part of its “manufacturing evolution” in […]

Fiquetex: Gabriel Moreno Wins Oxford Award For Creating Vegan Leather From Colombian Fique Plants

4 Mins Read An awardee of Oxford University’ recent inter-college All-Innovate competition, young startup Fiquetex, co-founded by Gabriel Moreno and his father Alex , won the Postgraduate award for developing a versatile vegan fabric and leather using Colombian succulents. A past student of Esher College in Surrey, England and a current student of Latin American economics at Oxford […]

Over Half Of U.S. Consumers Prefer Cruelty-Free Leather Alternatives Over Animal Leather, Study Finds

4 Mins Read The Material Innovation Initiative (MII), a non-profit dedicated to promoting the creation of animal-free materials for various industries, collaborated with the North Mountain Consulting Group on a study about U.S. consumer perception around cruelty-free leather. Findings show that 55% of those surveyed preferred leather alternatives over animal leather and in this category, 73% said that […]

Nopal FTW: These 8 Cactus Leather Must-Haves Will Make Your Plant-Based Fashion Dreams Come True

4 Mins Read Cactus leather, the vegan-friendly and sustainable alternative developed by Mexican startup Desserto, has turned heads lately in the textile world, from landing a partnership with industry giant H&M to packing a punch in boxing gloves for the first time. Desserto’s innovation has meant that brands can finally turn away from their reliance on plastic-based leathers […]

Telfar: Black-owned Fashion Brand Wins Design Award For Vegan Leather Shopping Bag

4 Mins Read Black-owned fashion label Telfar recently won a Design Museum award for creating a vegan-leather, gender-neutral shopping bag aiming to redefine the stereotypical concept of luxury fashion being only white, privileged, and aspirational. Founded back in 2005 in New York City by Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens and his business partner Babak Radbo, Telfar won the Fashion […]

MycoWorks Closes US$45M In Star-Studded Series B To Scale-Up Animal-Free Reishi Leather For Consumer Launch

3 Mins Read Alternative mycelium-based material firm MycoWorks has announced the completion of a US$45 million Series B funding round, which will go towards the scale-up of its Reishi animal-free leather material. The round saw participation from major institutions and VCs, as well as a number of high-profile celebrities and fashion brands amid the growing demand from consumers […]

This Indian Startup Is Upcycling Floral Waste Into Vegan Leather

3 Mins Read Phool is an Indian startup using floral waste to make vegan-friendly leather materials. While vegan leather alternatives on the market might be cruelty-free, they aren’t always eco-friendly if they are derived from plastic or synthetic substances. Crafted out of natural plant-based waste matter, the company’s ethical solution embraces circularity and sustainability.  Called “fleather”, the biomaterial […]

Vegan Leather Market Will Be Worth US$89 Billion By 2025, Asia To Dominate Sector

3 Mins Read A new report by Bangalore-based tech solutions company Infinitum Global estimates that the market for vegan leather will reach US$89 billion by 2025, citing the growing consumer awareness about animal welfare as the primary reason for growth, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. The study also reveals that as consumers become more concerned about sustainability, the […]