The Leap leather alternative from Beyond Leather makes the most of leftover materials from the process of making apple juice and cider, including apple cores and skins. These by-products of the beverage-making process are combine with natural rubber to create a plant-based leather alternative. This leather substitute is applied to a textile backing made of cotton and wood fibre, then it is finished off with a protective coating. Thanks to this three-layer structure, the product can be disassembled at the end of its usable life.
Powered by post-industrial food waste, Leap is one of many leather alternatives that helps to reduce reliance on both animal- and plastic-derived materials. These materials are being adopted by many brands creating fashion, accessories and more.