Turning Food Waste into Exotic Leather

This solution demonstrates that demand for exotic and stylish garments can be met without increasing environmental burdens. None of the fish used to make this alternative leather are farmed for their hides. Instead, the skins used are byproducts of food processing. This means that the leather does not negatively impact fish stocks and ocean biodiversity. To further minimize its impact, Atlantic Leather takes advantage of local transport and energy resources. The environmental harm associated with transportation is limited by sourcing the majority of raw materials from the local fishery industry. It also makes use of the abundant geothermal energy available in the area to power the production processes.

Why you should care

Snakes, alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles are sought after for their hides, putting pressure on endangered species and biodiversity. By utilising a waste stream from fish processing to create fish leather, Atlantic Leather can shift demand away from the reptilian leather market.

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