You'll Never Guess What These "Leather" Purses Are Made Of
There's no denying that when it comes to investment pieces, you really can't beat a wear-forever, goes-with-everything, buttery leather bag. Every fashionista needs at least one in her closet - but what if we told you it was possible to get the look of luxe leather in a way that was totally animal-friendly?
A company called Original Rotterdam Fruitleather just may have the vegan, almost-leather alternative we've been waiting for. Original Rotterdam Fruitleather is made up of designers from the art and design school William de Kooning Academy in the Netherlands who have found a way to make bags and even a chair from, you guessed it, fruit leather - and no, we're not talking about the snack you buy at Whole Foods!
The leather alternative is created using inedible, leftover fruits and vegetables from the Rotterdamn Market. According to the Original Rotterdam Fruitleather's website, over 3,500 kilos, or around 7,700 pounds, of fruit and vegetables are thrown out by market vendors at the end of every day. Many of these vendors are required to pay around 10 cents per kilo of waste, causing much of it to be dumped illegally by sellers who want to avoid the charges.
The trash creates a major problem, but the creators of Original Rotterdam Fruitleather have a solution - in a process similar to the way edible fruit leather is created, the company takes fruit waste and mashes, cooks and drys it so that if forms a material similar to leather. Their website sums up their goals for the earth-friendly project, "What we want to achieve with this project is to create awareness for the problem that is food waste, and show that there is a solution."
For the future, the company hopes to eventually find a way to use fruit leather as a commercial material, and potentially replace packaging materials that harm the environment, like plastic.
We're just curious to see how Original Rotterdam Fruitleather would hold up on a bag - after all, it would need to be sturdy enough to survive all the abuse, wear and tear our go-to handbags all endure. Would you buy a purse or even a "leather" jacket made from fruit leather? We think it's safe to say we'd definitely be down to give this eco-friendly alternative a try!