April 28, 2022
The Portuguese brand NAE Vegan Shoes has launched a new collection of summer shoes called SS22. The sustainable shoes are made from apple leather, which uses recycled waste from the Italian juice industry.
Thousands of tons of pits and bark are produced by industry every year, sending a huge amount of waste to landfill and generating high management costs for companies. But this waste can be salvaged and turned into powder, which can be used as a substitute for petroleum derivatives such as PU to create a durable, durable, and waterproof vegan alternative to leather.
NAE’s new SS22 collection features durable sandals made from this apple-derived leather alternative, made locally in Portugal to ensure fair conditions for workers. Previous NAE shoes used other natural and eco-friendly materials such as cork, organic cotton and recycled ocean plastic.
Fruit-based vegan leather
Several brands are now using alternatives to fruit-derived leather to make vegan fashion products. Last year, Chinese manufacturer Veshin launched a line of pineapple leather accessories, including pillows and bags. Italian company Miomojo uses apple and cactus leather for its handbags, and even top brands such as Nike have developed pineapple leather shoes.
“Ultimately, the fashion and home decor industries need to change. This new [pineapple leather] innovation is a great example of how these industries can bring change without compromising quality,” said Veshin Founder Joey Pringle.