Leather Alternatives

Beyond Leather Materials & Veshin Factory Collaborate to ‘Redefine the Material Landscape’ with Upcycled Apple Waste

Beyond Leather Materials, a Danish scale-up producing an alternative to animal leather, has announced a partnership with the sustainably progressive design and manufacturing facility Veshin.

Using apple waste from European juice and cider production, Beyond Leather Materials produces an 89% bio-based leather alternative called Leap. Through the new partnership, the two companies will use the material to create products for various markets, including the fashion, home, and furniture sectors. The collaboration will allow brands worldwide to easily source and manufacture products made with Leap.

Veshin Factory has been chosen due to its focus on next-gen alternatives to animal-derived materials, along with its commitment to ethical practices and transparency. The facility specializes in luxury bags and accessories made with materials that prioritize the well-being of animals, the planet, and people.

© Beyond Leather Materials/Veshin

Redefining the landscape

Beyond Leather Materials was founded in 2017 to develop a high-performance leather alternative using technology and circular economy principles. The company aims to “make waste beautiful” by transforming apple waste into a high-quality, leather-like material called Leap.

Just last month, Beyond Leather Materials announced it was transitioning from R&D to commercial scale and would offer Leap to various industries. The company has already launched its first full-scale production line in Germany, which is claimed to have the capacity to produce over 100,000 m2 of Leap in the first year alone. The material is currently available in five standard colors and four textures, with more to come.

“Veshin was the clear choice for us,” said Mikael Eydt, co-founder and CEO of Beyond Leather Materials. “Their dedication to sustainable design and their innovative approach aligns perfectly with our mission. Together, we are set to redefine the material landscape by making Leap more accessible to brands and consumers alike.”

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