Our partner VEGEA® has created an innovative material characterized by the high content of vegetal, renewable and recycled raw materials: grape leftovers from winemaking, vegetal oils and natural fibers from agriculture.
VEGEA® works closely with Italian vineyards making the GrapeSkin a 100% Italian material. The name VEG (Vegan) and GEA (Mother Earth) was chosen to identify the next generation of animal alternative materials
From grape waste to a wearable material
GRAPESKIN PRODUCTION STAGES
VEGEA® is made of a bio-compound characterized by a content of plant based raw materials which is spread on sustainable backing textiles.
The wine industry in Italy produces tons of wine each year, during the process the waste wine is usually thrown away.
The grape waste is recycled and mixed with bio-PU and recycled polyester to create a leather-like material. By using natural vegetal products and mixing it with recycled plastics it is not only helping to stop the production of new plastics which causes mass destruction to our planet, it is clearing the earth of waste products and giving them a new lease of life.
PETA-Approved vegan and Global Change Award
VEGAN AND AWARDED
VEGEA® is an animal-free material and is PETA-Approved Vegan and certified vegan by the Vegan Society.
VEGEA® was awarded first prize of the Global Change Award for the innovative bio-materials developped.
55% grape waste
The GrapeSkin is made using a high content of vegetal, renewable and recyclable raw materials: grape skins from winemaking, vegetal oils and natural fibres from agriculture. Within 3 years, the grape level has increased from 33% to 55% of the total material.