Mexican engineers create vegan leather from mango waste for use in the shoes and textile industries

Mexican engineers have created a bio-material, vegan leather made from mango waste for use in the shoes and textile industries.

The eco-friendly textile, manufactured by the Guanajuato-based Polybion company, is sourced from organic waste, like mango seeds and fruit skins.

Known as Celium, the mango leather is a bio-textile grown from bacterial cellulose and agro-industrial waste such as mango puree that can be used for leather applications.

Using agro-industrial waste from the local fruit industry, Polybion brew fruit scraps into bio-leather using bacteria found in mango and strawberry residues, which eat the scraps and assemble a matrix that is very similar to leather in terms of performance, look, feel and even smell.

According to Polybion, which was set up by engineers and brothers Axel and Alexis Gomez-Ortigoza, the production process of this bio-textile is completely sustainable and does not represent a risk to the environment like traditional animal leather.

Polybion co-founder Axel Gomez-Ortigoza said: “The bio-material is carbon neutral, grows 5% faster than animal leather, with 10% of the water footprint.”

Polybion

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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