Sustainable Leather made out of Vegetables & Fruit Peels

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Omar Sartawi
sustainable biodegradable vegan leather

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Sustainable leather
by using vegetable waste n a cross of ancient and modern techniques

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Sustainable leather
I am Omar Sartawi and am a chef specialized in molecular gastronomy, food art and have a background in design. There is a famous saying in the Arabic culture that pairs olives and figs. I have always been fascinated with this pairing and managed to create a leather from figs peels and embroidered them on an olive. The end result was sublime. At that time, I was working on a developing a modern Japanese restaurant concept and was peeling the aubergine skins and throwing them away. I saw struck by the beauty in the skins of the aubergine. It’s the color, texture, and the durability. Therefore, I set about to create a leather from the skins. And from here began my journey with the sustainable leather.
At first, I was trying to make a leather replacement then I discovered that this was a unique material that is not like any other. To create the aubergine skins, I dried it with different ancient techniques, without the use of any chemicals making the product food

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Does your design take social and cultural challenges and human wellbeing into consideration?

turn waste into usable material for fashion and furniture

Does your design support sustainable production, embodying circular or regenerative design practices?

new material


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