Low Impact Materials That Conserve Resources And Heritage

Rodrigo Lopes Sunday, 1 August 2021

In this Lesson, discover the incredible sustainable stories behind the production of fish leather,  recycled cotton, and BeLEAF, low-impact materials that are being brought to market by Global Green, a premium materials hub based in The Netherlands. 

We chat to Director Rodrigo Lopes to find out how these materials support local economies, why they offer a far more sustainable alternative to others on the market and how their production succeeds in conserving both water and energy.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • About the incredible materials Global Green helps bring to the market
  • How fish leather is harvested and processed and how it is changing the exotic leather skins market
  • How to reduce water consumption in fabric production through closed loop processes
  • How brands can work with fish leather, recycled cottons and PET fabrics in small quanities

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    Thumbnail: Bespoke last from The Last Shoemaker