Leather from coconut water
Coconut Water Leather
To produce the biodegradable and waterproof Coconut Water Leather, the coconut water, which is a waste product of coconut processing, is sterilized. The natural substance obtained from this serves as a nutrient for the bacterial culture in the subsequent 12-14 day fermentation process. Once the process is complete, the leaf cellulose jelly obtained can be refined by adding natural fibers, gums and resins. The malleable and durable raw material can now be processed into various sheets as well as 3D structures. This vegan leather thus not only recycles vegetable remains, but is also an alternative to animal products.
Product name: Coconut Water Leather
Manufacturer: Malai Design & Materials
Project status: Concept // Prototype // Ready for market // Ready for series production
Source: Solanki, Seetal: Why Materials Matter. Responsible Design for a better World, Munich 2018, p. 118.
Image source: Malai Design & Materials