Apple industry waste for sustainable leather alternatives - Innovation @ E2Expo
Updated : 25-Oct-2020
Frumat uses apples to create a bio-based leather alternative called AppleSkin. Apple pectin is an industrial waste product from the juice industry, that can be used to create sustainable materials that are totally compostable whilst still being durable enough to create luxury accessories. These products are dyed naturally and tanned without chemically intensive techniques. The material contains a minimum of 50% apple fiber. It is vegan and cruelty-free.
The product is fully compostable and the process uses natural dyes and chemicals, thus making the entire product life cycle safe to the environment.
Frumat was the winner of 2019 -Technology and Innovation Award at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in Milan.
The company has two lines of production. Frumat Apple Skin is currently being used in the fashion and furnishing industry due to the product’s ability to be worked into different textures. The softer fibre is ideal for textiles with a direct application in the clothing and apparel industry. The sturdier, thicker version PU leather alternative, made of 50% recycled apple fibre and 50% polyurethane (hence the name PU), is currently being used for shoes and luggage articles as well as furnishing and upholstery.
Frumat is based out of Bolzano, Italy which is near Tyrol, one of the world’s largest apple-producing regions and is faced with a significant amount of food-production waste. The founder Hannes Parth, then came up with the idea of using the waste apples are raw materials for fabrics, which led to the formation of Frumat. The company founder then developed Pellemela, a leather substitute made of 50% recycled apple fiber and 50% polyurethane.