Rather than making purses out of plastic, this small Canadian company has begun making vegan leather clothing items out of apple peels that are recycled from the juicing industry.
The two sisters behind the Toronto-based fashion line SAMARA recently launched their Mini purse, which is the first object made out of their new ‘apple leather’.
The designers say they were inspired to develop the material as a means of replacing the petroleum-based materials that are typically used to make vegan ‘leather’.
Though the designers told Tree Hugger that they are currently using polyurethane (PU) as a binding agent, they reassured readers that the glue is still a much more eco-friendly material compared to the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that is commonly used in the textile industry.
“As the vegan leather industry is growing, we decided that it was time to raise the bar and start experimenting with other plant-based materials,” reads the SAMARA website. “We’ve been hard at work over the last year, aiming to create our best seller—the Mini—out of apple-based leather.
“After many iterations and quality checks, it’s finally here. Made from apple skins that are by-products of the juicing industry, and some PU that acts as a binding agent, we’ve designed our newest addition to the Mini Collection: our Apple Leather Mini.”
The Mini is now on sale at the SAMARA website for $50 a pop. Additionally, a portion of every purchase made through the company’s website helps to send a “solar-powered backpack” to a child in East Africa.
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