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Article: The ecological re(e)volution of leather

La ri(e)voluzione ecologica della pelle

The ecological re(e)volution of leather

Sustainability is now the watchword in the fashion world . Stylists, manufacturers and retailers from all over the world are constantly working to find increasingly effective solutions to protect the planet. On the other hand, as consumers, each of us is slowly becoming more aware of the long-term effect of this industry and the impact that our behaviors, consumption and lifestyles have on the world we live in . Reducing the environmental footprint, improving human well-being and striving for long-term economic growth is the key to a better future for us and our Earth. A concept that embraces every sector, including leather goods, which is slowly adapting to a more sustainable tomorrow.

A growing number of brands, and the leather industry itself, are working to change the negative narrative surrounding this enduring classic. Innovation, marketing and stricter environmental standards are making inroads, and leather could be on the verge of a conscious revolution. And vegan. In fact, there are more and more ecological alternatives to animal leather, a material that has been part of our textile supply chain for centuries. We have collected a selection of the most interesting news .


Awarded as one of the leading textile innovations by the FabricLink Network in 2019, this material, the result of the work of Bolt Threads , is one of the latest sustainable solutions to classic animal leather. The new organic tissue develops from the mycelium, the vegetative apparatus of fungi , made up of a tangle of very long filaments. The resulting product is similar to hand-crafted leather and shares its warm touch and softness. It is durable and resistant to abrasion but, unlike animal leather, can be produced in just a few days, saving resources, thus reducing environmental impact. And it also doesn't require the use of toxic chemicals.


The Vegea project is entirely Italian, awarded by the European Parliament as one of the fifty best business ideas of the new millennium. The company obtains this revolutionary material from pomace, a raw material deriving from the production of wine . It is based on a cutting-edge process that transforms the fibers and vegetable oils present in the pomace into an ecological material with the same mechanical, aesthetic and sensorial characteristics of real leather. A circular economy model based on the valorisation of waste materials to which new added value is given.


Apple skin is an organic alternative derived from food waste . Frumat, born in Trentino Alto Adige, reuses 50% of apple waste to respond to both the local issue of apple waste and the growing demand for ecological alternatives to leather. The result is a cellulose-based material characterized by a variety of textures, thicknesses and embossing, which allows it to be used throughout the industry and which can be easily produced on demand and customized. An example of sustainability, but also of attention to the territory.


Breathable, soft and biodegradable, this eco leather is extracted starting from cactus leaves . In fact, this plant grows abundantly and almost spontaneously throughout Mexico, with minimal use of water and maximum ethical results. Complying with some of the strictest quality and environmental standards, Desserto was born with the aim of reducing pollution and damage caused by the production of animal skins.


In short, vegan materials obtained from natural and ecological resources are becoming increasingly popular among designers and consumers. Perhaps, for fashion brands to consider themselves truly sustainable, it's time to distance themselves from obsolete and polluting fabrics and embrace something truly positive for the planet and ethically produced . A choice that we have also undertaken at CasaGIN, choosing a production close to natural fibers such as beech and eucalyptus wood, with the aim of dedicating ourselves to the search for well-being that lies in the harmony between innovation, tradition and the environment. It's time to update your wardrobe: for the good of all species and the environment.

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