Vegan Startup Creates Biodegradable Leather From Microorganisms

The material is made from microorganisms that are fed plant and fruit residue - leftover residue can then be used as a liquid compost
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'The leather industry is the fourth most polluting industry' (Photo: Le Qara)

'The leather industry is the fourth most polluting industry' (Photo: Le Qara)

Peruvian startup Le Qara has created a vegan alternative to leather that's biodegradable, zero-waste, and made from microorganisms.

The brand recently made it to the finals of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition - and scooped $55,000 last year when winning the Latam 100K competition in November.

'High quality'

Founded by sisters Jacqueline and Isemar Cruz, the company describes its vegan leather as 'high quality [and] high resistance' with the 'same breathability as animal leather'.

The 'slaughter-free' material is made from microorganisms that are fed plant and fruit residue - which is then bio-engineered in order to change its texture and thickness.

The leftover residue can then be used as a liquid compost - making the process completely zero-waste and circular.

'Polluting industry'

According to Contxto, CEO Jacqueline Cruz said: "The leather industry is the fourth most polluting industry [in the world].

"It kills nearly four billion animals. It uses 400 billion liters of water [anually]. For example, to make a pair of leather shoes you need approximately 8,000 liters of water."

You can find out more about Le Qara here and follow them on Instagram here

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