Swedish fashion giant H&M is to launch a vegan alternative to leather, made from the byproducts of wine. The collection will also feature new dye made from the coffee grounds, as well as recycled polyester.

Debuting on March 26, a number of handbags and pairs of shoes in the Conscious Collection will use the ‘soft vegan leather’ – created by Italian tech company Vegea.

The collection will also feature new dye made from the coffee grounds in H&M’s offices in China, as well as recycled polyester.

“Going forward, we need to be using more bio-based materials and use more waste in our collections,” Pascal Brun, H&M’s Sustainability Manager told Vogue.

“It isn’t just about materials, though, it’s about how we can design clothes to last longer and to be eventually recycled, and how can we involve our customers to have more sustainable behaviour. It’s a holistic approach.”

Last year, H&M’s well-known Conscious Collection featured vegan pineapple leather and orange silk.

Original source: www.plantbasednews.org

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