Vegan Plastic-Free Topcoats

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Fashion, Design & Beauty

Von Holzhausen Launches First 100% Plant-Based Topcoat to Replace Plastic Finishes in Alt-Leather

Sustainable materials brand von Holzhausen announces the introduction of Liquidplant™, a 100% plant-based and plastic-free topcoat to replace petroleum-based polyurethane. Under development for 2.5 years, LiquidPlant is described as a first-of-its-kind innovation that can replace plastic topcoats in a wide range of materials, including traditional and synthetic leather, paper, wood, plastic and fabric. A global problem According to the brand, both the animal and synthetic leather industries rely on plastic topcoats for a durable and long-lasting finish. However, petroleum-based topcoats – which represent a $1 trillion global industry – pollute landfills, take centuries to break down and release harmful microplastics into the environment.  Made from corn sugar, castor oil and flaxseed oil, LiquidPlant is said to offer a fully plant-based, durable topcoat technology. The product …


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Rising Trend Towards Vegan Friendly Cars

“There is not a completely vegan car on the market,” the Vegan Society says in its Vegan Vehicles: The Future of Cars Report 2022. However, car manufacturers have been offering non-leather interiors for a while, with many pledging to use alternative materials in their new and existing models in coming years.  Animal leather has traditionally been the standard option for premium car seats and interiors, but current luxury trends do not involve the slaughter of animals. Demand for alternative materials is making the automobile industry incorporate more vegan options for its models, adding to the rise in the global synthetic leather market which is on track to reach $67.2 billion by 2030, according to Straits Research. Growing trend towards animal-free interiors In 2020, PETA published its …


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Leather Alternatives

California: Doshi Presents New Accessories Using Luxury Vegan Leathers

Doshi, an eco-friendly, luxury vegan brand of work, leisure, and travel accessories, reveals a new line of products made with innovative cruelty-free materials. Handbags, backpacks, wallets, money clips, belts, and cardholders made with microfibre vegan leather, kraft paper, and Piñatex are among the company’s newly presented creations. Based in California and founded by Paras Doshi, the company designs and creates 100% vegan alternatives for customers with ethical, religious, or environmental concerns. “We would love to share our mission and message with the world. And let more people understand that they do not have to give up on quality or style when switching to ethical and sustainable accessories,” says Doshi. Durable, cruelty-free accessories Doshi is constantly researching new durable, cruelty-free materials with a luxurious appeal that …


Andromeda Moto

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Fashion, Design & Beauty

Andromeda: World’s First 100% Vegan Motorcycle Clothing Brand Has Astronaut-Level Safety

Andromeda is a Spanish brand leading the motorcycle clothing industry’s transition from leather to vegan-friendly fabric, is focused on highly resistant synthetic materials, including a high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), which is used in the astronauts’ suits on the International Space Station. The material is thinner and more resistant to abrasion than animal-based leather.



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Market & Trends

Rapid Growth for Vegan Leather Alternatives: Market Volume Expected to Reach $85 Billion by 2025

According to a report by management consultant Grand View Research (lnk GVR), the global market for leather alternatives will grow to $85 billion over the next decade. Lower manufacturing costs for artificial leather and growing consumer awareness of the conditions in the leather industry are important growth factors. In addition, the technological and qualitative progress of imitation leather is accelerating growth, as is the availability of new plant-derived materials.


M & S Vegan Footwear

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Fashion, Design & Beauty

Marks & Spencer Expands into Vegan Footwear

Marks & Spencer has announced that it will be expanding its vegan-friendly options into the footwear category, in response to an increased interest in vegan-friendly products from customers. An extensive array of styles, available across Womenswear, Menswear and Kidswear, will be identifiable by an M&S vegan logo presently used within their food products.


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Market & Trends

Shoe Industry: Vegan Shoes on the Upswing

Footwear made of purely vegan materials is now in great demand – more and more manufacturers are becoming aware of this new trend and are launching their own collections and designs onto the market. Currently, there is a whole range of high-quality substitutes which are comparable to conventional materials and have similar, if not better, properties. The market for vegan shoes has experienced rapid growth in recent months.