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Textile Design

Material innovation

Carried out at

DSAA Textile Design



Marianne Bernecker | Course Founder-Leader

Laurent Schavey | Course Founder-Leader

Hervé Crespel | Course Founder-Leader 

Solange Thiry | Senior Lecturer 

Roubaix  —  France

  —  2018

Turning fruit and vegetable waste into

a leather substitute.

More than a billion animals are killed worldwide for the leather trade every year. An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally each year, one third of all food produced for human consumption, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

For billions of years, terrestrial and marine habitats have thrived by producing vast quantities of materials, all without landfill. By using this recycling approach, as old as the world, the aim of the project promote a circular economy while removing the use of animal leathers from the Fashion industry. In sum, the development of these biomaterials is as ecological as ethical.

Testing pineapple, melon, grapefruit, orange and watermelon leathers from food waste.   

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