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New Eco Brights collection from ELeather

Palette of seven colours and corrugated textures highlight the need to repurpose and recycle whenever possible.

21st May 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Peterborough, United Kingdom


Made with recycled fibres from chopped up waste leather shavings that are normally sent to landfill, ELeather is now employed as a seating material by over 200 airlines and in thousands of trains and buses.

It is 40% lighter than conventional leather and manufactured by a patented process adapted from the conventional nonwoven production routes. This involves first altering and grinding the waste leather trimmings and split hides to produce individual leather fibres before they are laid in air and consolidated with high pressure water jets.

Design for Good is the UK company’s brand and online resource hub dedicated to the design community and its latest material collection is Eco Brights, featuring a palette of seven washed out colours and corrugated textures aimed at highlighting the need to repurpose and recycle whenever possible.

“Growing awareness of over-consumption and the need for sustainable thinking was the main inspiration behind this collection,” said ELeather’s designer Nicky Fox, “The colours and textures reference the fragile nature around us and highlight the need to protect it. Design must be built to last and to allow for more repurposing and recycling”.”

Eco Brights consists of seven colours that can work together or individually, and includes three different grains, including a smooth metallic. From neutral Dune to pink Sorbet and dark Cactus, the collection targets many markets and applications – from public spaces to lifestyle and tech items.

Each roll of material is made with up to 55% recycled leather and in addition, the production of ELeather materials results in an up to 60% reduction of CO2 and uses up to 55% less water compared to the production of traditional leather.

Eco Brights and all other ELeather collections are featured on the company’s dedicated online design hub where designers can not only access the trend collections but also browse through the company’s catalogue of textures and access rendering files to visualise the use of the materials in their own projects.

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