Vegan, Durable, Waterproof, and Eco-Friendly material.
The technology developed by Mabel makes this material appropriate for any type of use, with the same mechanical resistance as any other synthetic fabric.
Carbon footprint of polyurethane (foam) is 5,28Kg CO2 eq/Kg PU, in comparison recovered waste is impact zero.
Therfore every Kg of apple residuals used to substitute PU means 5,28Kg of CO2 saved.
It all begins in South Tyrol, in Italy, with the cultivation of apples destined for the food industry.
The cultivated apples are used to make juices, jams, and other food products. If the apple wastes (i.e. apple cores and peels) are not used, they are thermally destroyed or deposited in landfills.
Currently are estimated about 30,000 tons of apple wastes. If not reused by Mabel this discards cause high costs of waste management for the companies.
Waste from the food chain is then recovered by Bolzano-based company Frumat, which gives it new life in the form of powder.
This powder is used by Mabel to substitute oil derivatives (such as PU) with 100% organic industrial wastes.
At the end of the process we obtain a vegan and sustainable material able to replace real leather, widely used in the consumer industry.
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