AppleSkin™ is the name of a bio-based leather alternative. It is an innovative new material that is made with waste recovered from the fruit juice industry. Made in Italy from apples grown in Bolzano, a city in the north of the country, the material is approximately 20-30% apple. It is vegan and cruelty-free.
HOW IT'S MADE
A mushy pulp (made up of cellulose fibres) is left over as a result of juicing apples on an industrial scale. The AppleSkin material is produced by recovering this waste product, that would otherwise be discarded, and transforming it into the final material.
The precise process is a trade secret, but we do know that the cellulose is effectively "padding out" the amount of virgin materials required to create AppleSkin. Fewer virgin materials equates to fewer natural resources being extracted from the planet, lower emissions and lower energy consumption across the entire supply chain.
The process is patented by FRUMAT, the company that has developed AppleSkin.
The AppleSkin production cycle
WHY WE USE IT
AppleSkin is an attractive, versatile and high performance material that upcycles waste material - always a plus in our eyes. It's manufactured in Florence, Italy a mere 6 kilometres from the workshops that create our products, helping to minimise our carbon footprint.
We also love that FRUMAT's target for the future is a 100% circular product. They, like LUXTRA, are at the start of their journey towards true sustainability. The road is long but it's a great first step.
We receive many enquiries about the innovative materials with which we work. As part of our commitment to transparency, we are happy to share our knowledge. The more people that know about these materials and the more brands that use them, the better it is for the planet. Easy.
Click here for answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive about working with AppleSkin.
VEGAN LEATHER eBOOK
We now offer an eBOOK on bio-based vegan leathers, containing all the essential information for buying and working with these next-generation materials.
The eBOOK contains information about the apple, cactus, pineapple, mango, corn-based alternative "leather" materials, along with many more currently under development, such as mycelium (a.k.a. mushroom "leather").