Did our material research spark your interest? We've put together a list of suppliers of the commercially available materials.
- Wet-green: Develops environmentally friendly tanning agents to provide an alternative, sustainable method of tanning leather. wet-green® is an example of biomimicry, using the same substance that the leaves of the olive tree uses to ward off predators.
- Verapelle: A non-profit organisation for quality Tuscan vegetable-tanned leather.
- Kokkolan Nahka Oy: Supplier of sustainable elk leather.
- Green Hides: Producer of Ecolife™ leather, which is chrome-free tanned and vegetable re-tanned.
- Rhubarb Technology GmbH: German leather producer. The leather is tanned using rhubarb roots as tanning agents.
Alternative for leather
- Ananas Anam: A developer and manufacturer of Pinatex in London. The aim is to provide an innovative textile that promotes social, cultural and ecological development. Pinatex is a non-woven textile made from pineapple leaf fibres.
- BARK CLOTH®: Ugandan-German developer and producer of bark fiber working in cooperation with small-scale organic farmers from Uganda.
- Toray Group: Technological innovations founded on chemistry. Developer of Ultrasuede®, a man-made suede / nubuck alternative derived from recycled polyester.
- Miko S.r.l.: An Italian company which produces Dinamica®, ecological microfiber of high performance for many sectors of application. Dinamica is a man-made suede / nubuck alternative, derived from recycled polyester.
- Ecological Textiles: Netherlands-based textile company specialising in sustainable fibres such as hemp, cotton and bark. Producer and trader of sustainable fabrics for fashion and interiors.
- Gessner AG: Produces different biodegradable fabrics under the name of Climatex.
- Sympatex: Producer of Sympatex membrane, 100% recyclable material made from combination of polyester and polyether molecules.
- Thread International: Produces a range of recycled PET fabric “made from 100% post-consumer recycled content responsibly sourced from Haiti or Honduras".
Other Components & Materials
- DyeCoo: Developer of water-free and process chemical-free textile processing solutions.
- H.B. Fuller: Produces water-based, solvent-free footwear adhesive Irutex™ FI 4006 1K.
- Milspeed: Sustainable footwear components made from recycled plastic.
- Nikwax: Manufactures water-based wax finishes that waterproofs products.
- Rudolf GmbH: Produces BIONIC-FINISH® ECO products, water, oil and soil repellent finish for textiles. No perfluorinated compounds are used for manufacturing.
Other Sustainable Material Sources
- The SOURCE Database: An ethical sourcing and business database for the fashion sector. It includes sub-directories featuring sustainable designers and brands, shops and buyers of ethical products, experts, and a sourcing directory of global ethical suppliers and manufacturers.
- The Sustainable Angle: “A non-profit organisation that initiates and supports projects which contribute to minimizing the environmental impact of industry and society, and that help make it easier for companies, institutions and individuals, to make better informed decisions when it comes to sustainability.”
- Textile Futures Research Centre: Hosts a community of practice-based researchers who explore how materials and textiles can enable a more sustainable future. Also acts as a consultant for brands and manufacturers to help them develop and implement design-driven sustainable strategies.
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