AppleSkin™ is the name of a bio-based leather alternative. It is an innovative new material 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.
Even if the precise process is a trade secret, it is mostly based on recovering the mushy pulp (made up of cellulose fibres) that is left over as a result of juicing apples on an industrial scale. The AppleSkin manages to recover this waste product, that would otherwise be discarded, and transforming it into the final material.
Womsh is a pioneer in the use of this material: all the shoes of their vegan line are produced using 100% AppleSkin™.
Corn waste can be used to develop a vegan and biodegradable material that provides a comfortable, environmentally friendly alternative to leather. According to some studies and flezion tests, it appears that corn waste is actually more durable than leather.
Veja was the first company to introduce the use of corn waste in the shoes production: the pioneering sustainable company worked for more than five years to develop a sustainable alternative to leather. Corn Waste Leather, or C.W.L., is developed by an Italian company and is made from a coated canvas composed of 50% corn waste and polyurethane.
Among our brands, also Flamingos' Life uses corn waste certified by the United States Department of Agriculture in some of their shoes collections.
Chrome Free Leather
With the increased interest in avoidance of certain chemicals and industrial products that are particularly harmful to our environment, it’s not surprising that manufacturers are becoming ingenious in pointing out attributes that play to this script. So we now see claims for “chrome-free” or “vegetable tanned” leather.
The chromium-free tanning process includes the method steps of pre-tanning a hide with vegetable or synthetic extracts. This method yields a leather product that possesses characteristics similar to that of chrome-tanned leather such as superior shrink resistance, resilience and flexural strength—but with a less significant environmental footprint.
Therefore, the main benefit of chrome-free tanning is for the environment. Chrome-free leather means less pollution, cleaner waste streams and improved biodegradability. It creates a more circular solution for the waste of the meat industry. However, it does not imply better animal welfare.