Since 2017, India-based start-up Phool has been making a variety of products from discarded temple flowers and it is now introducing “Fleather” as a cruelty-free alternative to leather made from the upcycled flowers. As co-founder Ankit Agarwal told the Hindustan Times, “Fleather is a viable alternative to animal leather. We convert floral waste into charcoal-free incense products. But last year, we decided to explore the development of animal-free leather.”
Notably, Phool discovered that flower leather contains chitin, which makes the vegan material a suitable substitute for animal skin. By working with unused piles of flowers, Phool created a material with a texture that’s so strong and durable that it is said to rival traditional leather materials.
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