The fashion world has been abuzz with talk of leather alternatives for seasons now, looking to everything from mushrooms to pineapple leaves and cactus skin as plant-based alternatives to traditional animal skins, writes Kate Nishimura of Sourcing Journal.
Greats Upcycled Leather Sneakers
But despite the environmental and ethical questions shared by brands and consumers regarding the use of cow-hide leather and its chemical-heavy tanning process, the material is one of fashion’s longest-standing staples, favored for its durability, hand feel, and buttery soft appeal.
Brooklyn-based sneaker brand Greats has found a way to harness the most attractive aspects of the material while infusing its production process with circular sensibilities. The brand’s latest release, a take on its signature Royale lace-up, is made from a composite of leather scraps and fibers pulled from cut-offs and production waste that would otherwise be routed straight to landfill.
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