Japan Companies Use Apple Waste to Make Eco-Friendly Leather
The apple waste is processed and turned into a material that can be used as a substitute for traditional leather. This process is more sustainable than using animal hides and reduces the amount of food waste produced by apple growers. Companies in Japan have been using this process to create eco-friendly products such as wallets, bags, and shoes.
As more people care about the environment and as a result of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, "apple leather" is becoming more popular as a sustainable alternative to traditional leather.
Apple leather is considered an ethical product because it is made from a sustainable and renewable resource, which reduces food waste and has a lower environmental impact than traditional animal leather.
Companies like Sorena in Japan have been working to commercialise apple leather products and have named them Ringo Leather.
They are working with local municipalities and other partners to source the pomace (Pomace, or marc, is the solid remains of grapes, olives, or other fruit after pressing for juice or oil), dry and crush it and then mix it with resin and other materials to create a leather-like material. The material is light and can stretch, and the texture is similar to animal leather.
Source: The Japan News