Bio-based Scandinavian vegan leather from side streams of the forestry and food industry – step 1

Today’s animal-based leather industries, and their high carbon footprint and pollution, creates major problems and there is a high demand for new, ethical, economically viable material solutions. The synthetic / plastic-based leather is also not the solution because of its fossil-based raw materials and their low performance. This project wants to create a new vegan leather that does not pose a risk or is dependent on finite resources but instead is made of environmentally friendly raw materials and has a neutral / negative carbon footprint. The raw material comes from the forest and food industry.

A consortium of four industrial partners together with RISE has defined a project to combine two side streams of renewable materials from the partners’ production processes to create a vegan leather-like material.

The unique and well-composed group of companies that have decided to propose this project covers important steps in the value chain, from raw material producers (Brunneby Musteri AB and SCA Massa AB) to retailers (Irmas Fabric AB and Filippa K AB), reflecting the importance they see in the project.

That is why this is important

There is a need in the Swedish forest and food industry to upgrade and use their streams in an efficient manner. At the same time, the market demands a vegan leather-like material to be more durable, advanced, completely bio-based, easily degradable and ethical. The project contributes to a bio-based economy and global sustainable goals.

Expected result

The project uses two side streams to create an advanced material with a high durable profile that replaces existing animal-based and synthetic / plastic-based leather. From this it is expected:

  • Less toxic materials (metals, chemicals and PFAS) exposure to water and soil
  • New resource of residual products
  • More domestic business
  • Increased resource efficiency
  • Less CO2 emissions through reduced animal husbandry

Participants

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Irmas Fabric, Brunneby Musteri, SCA Massa and Filippa K.

Budget & time plan

The project’s total budget is 796 000 SEK and the project runs for six months – between May and October 2022.