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Frida Rome: “Not All Vegans Are Saintly in Every Aspect Of Their Lives, We Certainly Are Not”

UK based vegan fashion brand Frida Rome found recent fame in the UK series Dragons’ Den (known as Shark Tank in the US) with founders Natalie Deana and Rebecca Joy carving out a new niche, creating luxury handbags for “bad girls who do good things”. Frida Rome’s debut luxury accessory is a crossbody handbag called The WEEK/END, which contains an erotic story about a weekend romance. The ladies behind the brand have launched a billboard campaign; a “risqué nod to the (often controversial) 90’s high fashion aesthetics, combined with a significant underlying message that highlights our dedication to cruelty-free fashion. We believe in luxury without compromise; the pillar upon which the house of FRIDA ROME stands.” With such a fun concept, combining sustainable with sexy, …


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Puma Presents Its First Vegan Football Boots, Commits to Using Vegan Materials in Future Products

Puma has announced a new PUMA KING model made exclusively from animal-free materials, the King Plantinum 21 Vegan. The new boot maintains the signature style, feel and comfort of the King model, but adds a special twist to the football icon, according to the brand. The KING Plantinum 21 Vegan is aimed at players looking for animal-free products and features KINGForm technology, a structure that fuses with the vegan leather upper in key contact areas to provide superior feel and responsiveness. The PEBA outsole is made without the use of any animal-based adhesives, with all prints on the boot using only vegan pigments. The process since the first idea was born has been two years in which the biggest challenge, according to Florian Nemetz, director …



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Portugal Bans ‘Vegan Leather’, Industry Insiders Speak Out

A ban on the term ‘vegan leather’ and other plant-based prefixes has been announced in Portugal. Alt leather companies now using prefixes such as ‘vegan’, ‘plant-based’, or ‘pineapple’ or even “synthetic” along with the word “leather” in their product marketing may face fines and criminal proceedings.  Portugal has a thriving fashion and textiles industry, with companies like B_Boheme producing sustainable shoes from vegan leather in the country. Founder Alicia Lai told vegconomist; “We have all heard the terms ‘vegan sausage’, ‘vegan chocolate’ and ‘vegan leather’. These terms are not aiming to mislead consumers but to show that there are no animal ingredients in the product, and these terms are very much accepted”. The new laws claim that terms such as ‘vegan leather’ are technically incorrect …


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Study Shows Modern Meadow’s Bioleather1 Produces 80% Fewer Emissions Than Bovine Leather

A peer-reviewed life cycle assessment of Modern Meadow’s Bioleather1 material family has compared its environmental impact to that of conventional leather. The paper found that Bioleather1 produces 80% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than bovine leather and 20% fewer than PU-based synthetic leather alternatives. Additionally, the bio-based leather reduces blue water use, land use, and eutrophication by 95% compared to conventional leather. However, Bioleather1 has a slightly greater ecosystem impact than PU-based alternatives as its production requires agricultural resources. Bioleather1 Bioleather1 is made using Modern Meadow’s Bio-Alloy™ technology, which is a blend of plant-based protein and bio-based polymer. This blend is functional enough to be used in applications such as footwear and accessories, though Bioleather1 is currently still in the prototype stage. Bio-based vegan leather While …


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Ecovative Leading Fungi Food and Biomaterial Revolution with Mycelium Technologies 

Materials science company Ecovative has recently announced Forager – a division focused on designing, marketing, and manufacturing vegan materials for the fashion and automotive industries. With Ecovative leading the mycelium revolution in food and biomaterials, vegconomist takes a look at the growing business network of the company with Eben Bayer at the helm. Forager Mycelium pioneer Ecovative has set up Forager to advance next-generation biomaterials such as plastic-free, leather-like materials and foams, made from mycelium rather than animals or petroleum. Utilizing Ecovative’s AirMycelium technology, Forager will produce large sheets of pure mycelium material at a commercial scale for a range of fashion applications. Ecovative Co-founder and CCO Gavin McIntyre will present Forager at the Materials Innovation Initiative Conference in May, 2022. “Forager is launching at …


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Mycelium Materials Company Ecovative Launches Forager to Develop Mushroom Leather Products and Soft Goods

The new division specializes in fungi-based foams and hides for the fashion and automotive markets GREEN ISLAND, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ecovative, leaders in the fast–growing mycelium materials space, today launched Forager, a division focused on designing, marketing, and manufacturing vegan, plastic-free leather-like materials and foams for the fashion and automotive industries. Rather than animals or petroleum, Forager™ Hides and Forager™ Foams are made from mycelium, the filamentous ‘root structure’ of fungi. Grown on agricultural byproducts (like corn husks), these pure mycelium materials are fully biodegradable and home-compostable, without any plastic or fiber additives. Forager will utilize Ecovative’s AirMycelium™ technology to produce large sheets of pure mycelium material at commercial scale, with the ability to fine-tune density, shape, tensile strength, texture, and other qualities that meet or exceed …


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Veganologie Launches Accessories Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Dubai-based Veganologie launches accessories such as handbags and wallets, all made from recycled materials. When Angana Maheshwari began looking for a handbag that was sustainable, attractive, reasonably priced, and well-made, she couldn’t find anything that met her specifications — so she decided to design some. With time on her hands over lockdown, Maheshwari developed vegan bags, wallets, and credit card cases. The PU leather and vegan suede interior of the products are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, while any hardware is made of fully recyclable zinc alloy. All packaging is also made from 100% recycled materials. Veganologie’s crossbody bags each use 11 plastic bottles, while the wallets are made from four bottles and the cardholders from two. The production process involves melting the bottles …


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Global Bio-based Leather Markets, 2021-2027: Market to Grow with a CAGR of 47.5%

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Bio-based Leather Market: Global Industry Analysis, Trends, Market Size, and Forecasts up to 2027” report has been added to’s offering. The report predicts the global bio-based leather market to grow with a CAGR of 47.5% over the forecast period from 2021-2027. The report on the global bio-based leather market provides qualitative and quantitative analysis for the period from 2019 to 2027. The study on bio-based leather market covers the analysis of the leading geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW for the period of 2019 to 2027. The report on bio-based leather market is a comprehensive study and presentation of drivers, restraints, opportunities, demand factors, market size, forecasts, and trends in the global bio-based leather market over the period of …


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Vegan Fashion Brand Frida Rome to “Make Sustainability Sexy” With Dragons’ Den Appearance

Vegan fashion brand Frida Rome is set to appear on the new UK series of Dragons’ Den, with founders Natalie Deana and Rebecca Joy showcasing handbags that are “sophisticated on the outside and naughty on the inside”. Frida Rome’s debut luxury accessory is a crossbody handbag called The WEEK/END, which contains an erotic story about a weekend romance. The founders describe themselves as “Bad Girls who do Good Things”, on a mission to build an empire of luxury sustainable products. The brand will also soon be launching The WEEK/DAY and WEEK/DAY X, two totes that come with a story about a secret office liaison. All Frida Rome handbags are made with sustainable vegan leather alternatives — either apple or cactus leather. Sustainable vegan accessories Worldwide, …


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Woodwatch Launches Vegan Watch Straps Made From Desserto Cactus Leather

Sustainable watch manufacturer Woodwatch has introduced fully biodegradable vegan watch straps made from cactus leather. The company claims to be one of the first watch brands in the world to use the material. Unlike many vegan leather alternatives, the cactus leather — made by Mexican company Desserto — does not contain polyurethane or any kind of plastic. Just three mature cactus leaves provide enough material to produce around 100 vegan watch straps, and the cactus is not harmed when the leaves are harvested. Another benefit of the leather is that it requires very little water to produce, as cacti are adapted to live in very dry conditions. All Woodwatch watch straps have a quick-release mechanism, so they can easily be swapped from day to day. …


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Texon Achieves Vegan Society Certification for Vogue Plant-Based Alt Leather 

Texon Vogue has received certification from the Vegan Society as a fully vegan plant-based leather alternative. Texon – the global manufacturer of materials for the footwear and textile industries – made the move in celebration of Veganuary and the growing popularity of its sustainable and cruelty-free materials.  The cellulose-based material Texon Vogue is a 100% natural alternative to leather widely used by brands, which carries the Forestry Stewardship Council and Oeko-Tex certifications as well as the globally renowned Vegan Trademark. Texon has seen a significant uplift in interest in its Vogue material over the last five years, which it attributes, in part, to the increasing number of people becoming vegan. Texon boasts many global brands in its manufacturing supply chain, including Adidas, New Balance, Decathlon, …


MycoWorks Raises $125 Million to Mass Produce Mushroom Leather


MycoWorks Raises $125M in Series C to Mass Produce Mushroom Leather

MycoWorks, a San Francisco-based biomaterials company, announces the startup has raised $125 million to open a full-scale mushroom leather production plant.  MycoWorks’ Fine Mycelium is a proprietary biotechnology platform that transforms mycelium – the underground root structure of fungi – into materials that rival animal-based leathers in look, feel, aesthetics and performance. The Fine Mycelium process can engineer mycelium to grow made-to-specification fabrics, including its flagship product Reishi, in a fully controlled and uniform process. Surpassing milestones Based in Union County, SC, MycoWorks’ new facility is modeled on the company’s semi-automated plant in Emeryville, SC, which successfully achieved high production yields within target costs and surpassed a production milestone of 10,000 trays in one year. The new facility is scheduled to begin operating within a …


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Lenovo Launches ThinkPad Laptops Featuring Vegan Leather and Recycled Materials

Multinational technology company Lenovo has launched a range of sustainable laptops featuring vegan leather. The ThinkPad Z Series “reflects changing attitudes towards technology, its impact on the environment and the origins of raw components”. Laptops in the series have a vegan leather cover made from 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate, meaning no new fossil fuels are required to produce it. The body of the laptops features 75% recycled aluminium, while the power adapter is made from 90% post-consumer content. The PCs are also sustainably packaged in recyclable and compostable bamboo and sugarcane. According to Lenovo, the Z Series features high-performance processors, excellent battery life, and an improved webcam, microphone, and speakers. Vegan technology Lenovo is not the only tech company to have developed a more sustainable …


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Oliver Co Receives PETA Award For Wood & Apple Leather Accessories

Oliver Co. has been awarded the PETA Men’s Fashion Award 2021. The London startup produces accessories made from apple leather, a vegan bio-material created with upcycled apple waste from the fruit juice industry. The company recently expanded its product portfolio with the introduction of a new vegan laptop sleeve that accommodates laptop sizes spanning 13 to 16 inches. In addition to its range of wallets and cardholders made from apple leather, the company creates accessories from sustainable wood leather, reducing the kg CO2 emitted into the atmosphere by about 60% compared to a square meter of leather. “To receive this award and be amongst such established brands is a real honour for us. Oliver Co. has only been around for 3 years, and so getting …


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Veshin Launches Extensive Pineapple Leather Range, Including Pillows & Handbags

Sustainable fashion manufacturer Veshin has launched a pineapple leather range featuring products such as pillows, handbags, placemats, and wallets. The range is called the Piñatex Performance Collection and is produced in collaboration with sustainable textiles brand Ananas Anam. All products are vegan, durable, as soft as conventional leather, and free of all the chemicals on the Cradle2Cradle list of banned substances. They are also manufactured using closed-loop production, with residual leaf biomass used as a natural fertilizer and biofuel. Plant-based leather alternatives are widely used to make products such as handbags, but Veshin says it has identified home decor as the next big market for these materials. “The fashion and home decor industries have to change” Veshin was founded in June, as an antidote to …