An Indian company has created plant-based leather made from flowers

Yvonne O'Halloran

Startup company Phool.co has developed a vegan alternative to leather materials, using temple flowers which would otherwise go to waste.

The biomaterial brand also turns floral waste into incense products which are free from charcoal.

Co-founder of Phool.co, Ankit Agarwal told the Hindustan Times: “Intrigued by the formation of a leather-like white layer on unused piles of flowers, our R&D team discovered the growth of a micro-organism which used flower petals as a nutritional source.”

“Leather contains collagen which provides it strength and durability, whereas fleather has chitin, a kind of protein, that gives it the same properties. Collagen and chitin are natural analogs, making fleather a perfect substitute for leather.”

This new vegan leather is biodegradable and has been described as a ‘game changer’ for the fashion industry, especially with the growing numbers of consumers seeking more eco-friendly and animal free garments.

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom

 

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