Fabrics: growing vegan leather from coconut water
To create conventional leather products, a long list of environment-harming chemicals, such as polymers, dyes and resins, must be used. And let’s not forget the plethora of animal-welfare issues it can also raise.
Dissatisfied with the lack of practical and stylish leather replacements, Susmith C. Suseelan, a product designer with years of experience as a papermaker, set out to make his own. With help from Zuzana Gombosova, a Slovakian designer and material researcher, they have developed an environmentally and animal-friendly leather alternative called Malai, grown from bacterial cellulose and 100% vegan.
We caught up with Zuzana, to hear first-hand how the material came about and the future of this incredible fabric.
In This Video you'll Learn
- How Malai started.
- How the material is made.
- The positive environmental and social impact it has.
- The types of products it is suited to.
- The properties of malai.
- How the fabric is naturally coloured.
- How to get hold of it!
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