Berlin-based textile designer Youyang Song has used fruit peels and algae to create a biodegradable plant-based material that can be used as an alternative to leather. Peelsphere is a versatile, waterproof textile that can even be hardened to form accessories like buttons.
Song first started experimenting with leather made from fruit leaves after realizing there was nothing available on the market for her own designs. She was determined to create a material that could replace animal hide yet still retain the same versatility and strength of the popular material.
"As an ideal alternative to leather and synthetic leather, Peelsphere is beautiful, durable, versatile and biodegradable," she said. It is available in several colours and patterns created using natural dyes