The latest addition to our growing stable of materials is bio-based e-ULTRA. It's a soft and smooth leather-alternative made from polyurethane (PU). Traditional PU is made from raw materials derived from petroleum. The PU base of e-ULTRA however comes from renewable resources - specifically the non-edible part of corn.
The material is recyclable, made without the use of harmful solvents and is fully REACH compliant (an EU regulation protecting human health and the environment).
HOW IT'S MADE
Bio-based polyurethane pellets are heated and then extruded, i.e. forced through a die. During the extrusion process, pigments are added to give the material the desired colour. The material then passes through a set of heated rollers, then on to a cooling cylinder which smoothens and sets the surface of the material.
Great care is taken to source all raw materials from qualified and certified suppliers.
WHY WE USE IT
We've chosen to use e-ULTRA because it is an appealing, durable and high performance material that has a very high bio-content (69%).
Fiscatech, the Italian company that manufactures e-ULTRA, is investing heavily in research and development to expand its range of eco-friendly materials. Another plus is that Fiscatech uses clean energy from photo-voltaic installations, further reducing the materials' CO2 footprint.
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").