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Since its existence in 2012, Studio IRIS MAREE has chosen to work with vegetarian leather as an alternative to real leather because it is better for animals, people and the environment.
Our vegetarian leather is actually made from synthetic fibres as an alternative to silk. The extremely thin fibres are woven in a three-dimensional structure that forms a compact base. This basis is crucial in the process to arrive at a strong and high-quality leather replacement material. The base material is coloured and finished with a flexible coating that ensures that the material does not wear or discolour. The combination of a soft, compact base and flexible coating ensures that the bags are almost indistinguishable from real leather in appearance and feel.
We are of course aware that the synthetic alternatives we use are not without worries, simply not perfect yet. But it is inherently more environmentally friendly than real leather or PVC, nor does it contribute to PH change in soil or water. In our efforts to reduce the impact of our alternative materials by using recycled and bio based materials, we continue to look for new options, such as water-based materials to be less energy and water intensive.
The advantages of vegan leather:
• No animal suffering
• No material wastage in the cutting process
• Less heavy
• Water resistant, UV resistant and Anti-bacterial
• Easy to clean