Vegan Leather Made From Coconut Water Launches To Reduce Animal Cruelty

The product diverts waste from the food industry
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The product can be made in a number of colours (Photo: Facebook)

The product can be made in a number of colours (Photo: Facebook)

A new vegan
leather has been crafted using coconut water - while its creators
promise an animal friendly, sustainable, and eco-conscious alternative to
animal skin.

Startup

The leather
alternative is the result of collaboration between product designer Susmith C.
Suseelan, and designer and material researcher Zuzana Gombosova.

The two
have partnered to form a startup called Malai, after the cellulose from which
their product is derived.

The product uses waste from coconut processing plants

The product uses waste from coconut processing plants

Waste
reduction

Gombosova
and Suseelan are sourcing the coconut water needed to make the cellulose from
coconut processing plants in Kerala.

This is
just one effort on the part of Malai to reduce food industry waste.

Suseelan
said:
“We procure natural fibres from banana farmers, who otherwise discard the
stems after the fruit is harvested.”

Leather alternative

The result
is a product that is not only flexible, and durable, but does not require
animals to die in its production.

Suseelan
said:
“Nobody thinks of the harm done to the environment and the number of
animals that are slaughtered in the process.

“It’s high
time that an eco-friendly substitute for leather is introduced in the market.”