Dutch designer creates leather alternative from palm leaves

December 5, 2018 by  
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The leather industry has taken a beating from conscientious consumers for decades, and for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the chemicals used in leather processing are toxic to humans and the environment. Animal advocates are also vocal about protecting the animals used to produce leather. So opponents of leather are always seeking alternatives. One Dutch designer, Tjeerd Veenhoven, is doing his part by developing leather look-alike rugs from palm leaves, called palm leather. Rather than relying on the resource-consuming practice of raising cattle, Veenhoven sources his materials from some of the 80 million trees currently growing naturally, creating a sustainable option to traditional leather. Related: A former leather tannery is transformed into an apartment trio in Lisbon Curiosity launched the invention when Veenhoven became intrigued by the pattern and texture of the palm leaf and asked a friend in India to send him some to experiment with. Although naturally brittle, he found that with glycerin, water and a few other materials he could soften the palm and give it better pliable qualities. Veenhoven’s motivation stems from the belief that producing less meat sources both for food and materials will benefit the planet through the reduction of required resources and the increase in plant systems that are more sustainable. Because of this belief, the processing of palm leather aims to use minimal water compared to cotton or leather and uses no harmful chemicals. In fact, all ingredients could be consumed by humans and are safe to return to nature. Bouncing around from his initial production in Holland, the manufacturing moved to India and then to the Dominican Republic where they are produced now with an emphasis on green initiatives. Related: Nike calls “Flyleather” its most sustainable leather material yet The rugs are assembled with small strips of the palm leather pressed together and mounted to a woven base, which can be produced in a variety of colors to suit different decor needs. The future of palm leather looks promising as other industries begin to notice it and the company focuses on other products that can be made with it. For example, car manufacturers striving to replace leather seats with a vegan option are eager to consider palm leather as an alternative. + Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven Via Dezeen Images via Tjeerd Veenhoven    

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What’s the Post-China Ban Future for Materials Recycling Facilities?

October 26, 2018 by  
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The first materials accepted for curbside recycling had to be … The post What’s the Post-China Ban Future for Materials Recycling Facilities? appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Can hydrogen cut energy costs for extractive industries?

October 9, 2018 by  
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As an emissions-free fuel, it’s already been used in new mining processing, fuel cell vehicles and electricity generation.

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Safe and round: How healthier materials factor into a circular economy

September 24, 2018 by  
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Materials must be designed so that the molecules can be continuously reused — but that’s far easier said than done.

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10 Minutes with Bea Perez, Coca-Cola

September 24, 2018 by  
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How packaging and recycling became an embedded strategy.

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Heat, transport, storage, industry: Could hydrogen hold the key to decarbonization?

September 24, 2018 by  
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There’s massive potential in clean technologies using the most abundant element in the atmosphere — but skepticism and lack of political will are proving barriers to its growth.

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The bio-based material that’s stronger than spider silk

September 19, 2018 by  
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Its secret ingredient: cellulose nanofibers commonly found in trees and plants.

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Measuring progress to SDGs with a chemicals management survey

September 19, 2018 by  
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We worry about our carbon footprints. What about our chemical footprints?

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The road to eliminating fluorinated chemicals in food packaging

September 6, 2018 by  
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Consumers, purchasers and scientists all want a safer alternative — and collaboration can get us there.

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Why are positive climate feedbacks so negative?

September 6, 2018 by  
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The “Hothouse Earth” report caught the public’s attention. But the coverage doesn’t tell the full story.

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