Sunlight, blue skies, green trees, red apples, green apples…Don’t take these for granted. If we do not take good care of our planet, all these would only be found in our memories. You will be surprised by how the cattle industry pollutes the environment. The global leather industry has killed over 1 billion various animals for their skins each year. Leather tanning is the world’s fourth-worst toxic pollutant. Bespoke7 has strived to find alternatives to animal leather for production of our bags and accessories for years. This alternative should not just simply be a replacement of animal leather, but it must also be sustainable, reducible, reusable, recyclable, and cruelty free. More importantly, it should still possess the animal leather’s charisma, the feel of the touch, and the durability. Thanks to all the innovators’ 16 years of hard work, the Apple Leather has finally come to the public market. We do not need to compromise the luxury and beauty of our accessories anymore!
What's Apple Leather
Apple Leather is a bio-based, eco-friendly leather-like material. It is made from the leftover pomace and peel from fruit juices and the compost industry. Due to its high cellulose content, apple pomace is ideal for upcycling into new fabric. With the advancement of material engineering technology, we are expecting to add pomace from other fruits into this bio-based material too. Our Vegatex Apple Leather is certified as BioBased Product by USDA, GRS, PTA.
Apple Vegan Leather is Certified by USDA
The USDA Certified Biobased Product label is designed to provide useful information to consumers about the biobased content of the product. The label assures a consumer that the product contains a USDA-verified amount of renewable biological ingredients. Biobased products provide all the benefits as conventional products: they are cost- comparative, readily available and perform as well or better than their petroleum-containing counterparts. Biobased products also help us increase our use of renewable resources while decreasing our use of non-renewable resources, such as petroleum. Biobased products displace around 300 million gallons of petroleum per year in the U.S., which is the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off the road. Our Vegatex Apple Vegan Leather is certified to have 66% biobased.
Apple Vegan Leather is Reach Compliance
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is a European Union regulation dating from 18 December 2006. REACH addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment. REACH SVHC list is not a static list and it is updated frequently. Our Apple Vegan Leather is able to pass the year 2020 testing requirements per Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 concerning the REACH.
Apple Vegan Leather has no SVHC
A substance of very high concern (SVHC) is a chemical substance (or part of a group of chemical substances) concerning which it has been proposed that use within the European Union be subject to authorisation under the REACH Regulation.The most recent update occurred on June 2020 to include a total 209 SVHC. Our Vegatex Apple Leather is able to meet all 209 SVHC standards.
Apple Vegan Leather has none VOC
VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are chemical compounds that include gases emitted, odour issue from either solids or liquids at normal room temperature or slightly elevated temperatures. None of the listed harmful emissions is found from our Vegatex Apple Vegan Leather
BSCI Approved Manufacturer
A Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) audit is the process of assessing an organization's social compliance in the global supply chain. It aims to evaluate the processes and working conditions of the organization if it adheres to the principles of the BSCI code of conduct. All our Apple Vegan Leather products are made by BSCI Certified Manufacturers.
Other Bespoke7 Materials: rPET
PET, the full name is Polyethylene Terephthalate. Its strong enough to hold pressurized drinks. More importantly, its cheap. Therefore, when Coke and Pepsi decided to replace their famous glass bottles with something a little cheaper in 1975, the PET bottles have swiftly become the most popular form of packaging. It isn’t until the start of the 1980’s that the world wakes up for the big problem with plastics. Our addiction to the stuff has created an environmental catastrophe. How do we get rid of something that’s virtually indestructible, and yet so cheap, we just throw it away. Scientists estimate it takes around 450 years for one plastic bottle to breakdown naturally. But that’s only a guess. We don’t actually know. Plastic doesn’t degrade like other materials, because its man-made. It comes from monomers of propylene, linked together by extremely strong carbon-carbon bonds. There is nothing like that in nature. So nature has no idea of how to break it down. As a result, plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats we face. To confront the growing problem, towards the end of the 1980s, recycling begins to take off, as manufacturers come up with better ways to dispose of the stuff. Those three recycling plastic arrows first appear in 1988. And recycling changes how we look at plastic. But the truth is, recycling is a long way from working. Globally, only 19.9% of all plastic thrown away is recycled. Still, plastic is an addiction we just cannot kick. Just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power 1 60-watt light bulb for three hours. 19 PET plastic bottles, save enough fiber to make one big T shirt. One of the biggest benefits of recycling, it takes 88% less energy to make plastic this way, than using raw materials. rPET, is the material made from recycled PET bottles. At Bespoke7, rPET one of the key materials we used on our products. Whenever possible, Bespoke7 will put our environment at first priority. It’s a truth that recycling is still a long way from working, but we are walking towards the correct direction together.
Nylon is a type of plastic derived from crude oil. This plastic is then put through an intensive chemical process, resulting in the strong, stretchy fibres that make it so useful as a fabric. Nylon is not biodegradable; so once you no longer have a need for your torn stockings, fishing nets, carpets or old toothbrush, they sit in a landfill for hundreds of years. More scary figure is over 600K tons of nylon fishing nets are dumped in the ocean every year, responsible for killing millions of marine animals. Recycled Nylon can only be made from nylon products, which includes fishing nets, carpets, fabric scraps, and industrial plastics. These waste sources are expensive, not easily procured, and with expensive recycling processes. For this reason, recycled nylon can be 75% more costly than virgin nylon. Thanks for the growing demand from the environmental conscious consumers, we now have more supplies on Recycled Nylon, though its still expensive. At Bespoke7, no virgin Nylon is used, we only use Re-Nylon on the products you buy from us.
Leading the World to Kinder Better Luxury
The past decade has been a turbulent one across the world, pollution from plastic and cattle industries, global warming from climate change, animal cruelty, racism, gender inequality, and more importantly the current pandemic…Please don’t think they are the things out of our control. Even a small change of our habit is a step towards improving our world. It may be difficult to ask you to change your diet immediately, but it’s so easy to go vegan with your accessories. We want to tell the world we have choices, very good choices as well. Together with Bespoke7, we can make some changes for the better of this planet and for ourselves.