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Converting green waste from the Netherlands into a “plant-based leather” that is completely plastic-free, animal-free, bio-based, today a pilot was started by a consortium of four companies. The material is called Treekind, by Biophilica – developed by designer Mira Nameth during her Master at the Royal College of Art, with continued support from accelerator Central Research Lab, but the material has never been produced on a larger scale. A Dutch consortium with contractor Den Ouden Groep, a biolab - BlueCity Lab, the designers behind Biophilica and textile experts joining REMO are forces to test how this vegan leather can be made from the green waste that Den Ouden Groep collects at 16 locations in The Netherlands.
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This partnership of raw material supplier, bio design company and circular (textile) innovation agency has everything to produce Treekind on a larger scale. With the help of a subsidy from RVO Nederland they can test the circular production of Biophilica’s material. The entrepreneurs invest half of the costs themselves because they also see opportunities to convert local green waste into locally available carbon negative material that can be used as a full-fledged leather substitute.

Biophilica’s vegan leather, called Treekind, is currently primarily intended for the fashion industry, with the potential for future expansion into the furniture and packaging industry. The material is made from green residual waste that currently is mainly composted. This is also possible with the vegan leather, but as the material is also recyclable as green waste, it can be used as a material multiple times before becoming compost. The consortium would rather learn from it again – that seems to be possible. The goal of this project is to achieve a production of the material “Treekind” for the Dutch market, which is also considered a return system and the CO2 footprint.

Image: Biophilica