Fruitleather Rotterdam, a Dutch company founded by graduated designers from the Kooning Academie, has worked on fruit waste and transformed it into fashionable leather. They came up with this idea when realizing that the Tuesday and Saturday markets in the Netherlands were a big source of fruit waste. Some vendors would throw fruits that ‘do not look good’ in the bins. Under those circumstances, they conceived the idea of drying fruit waste to make an eco-friendly and free-animal cruelty leather.
S.Café, created by the Tawainese company Singtex, is a new technology that uses coffee grounds to generate fashion fabrics. This idea came when the founders, Jason Chen and Amy Lai, were at a coffee house and saw someone collecting coffee grounds that turned out to be used in a deodorant company. They asked themselves if this could also be used in the fashion industry and developed a highly skilled technique. It consists of using most roasted coffee grounds after been thrown away, putting them in a significantly low temperature with a high level of pressure until this becomes a yarn, then mixing with recycled polyester. As a result, the Syntex patented process ends with a beautiful, sustainable fabric ready to be used. The final material has efficient attributes such as odor control, fast drying and UV protection.
Chip[s] board, created by Rowan Minkley and Robert Nicoll, is a company that uses potato peels, which normally are thrown to the bins, dries and transforms them into bioplastic used for creating buttons and frame glasses. This company teamed up with one of the biggest manufacturers of frozen potatoes, McCain, in order to collect potato waste from them.