GRAPE SKIN

A material derived from grapes, innovative, durable and resistant. Among the various plant "leathers" on the market, grape plant material is probably the most incredible in terms of results. Similar to leather, it is a beautiful natural alternative to animal leather.

Innovation at the service of the future

Created in Italy by the start-up Vegea®, grape plant material is the most awarded of all plant material innovations.
Innovative, sustainable and of high quality, it is made from the residues of the wine industry.
To weave one m² of grape plant material and make a grape bag, it takes an average of 2.5 kilograms of grape pomace, which which represents 7 vines. With a huge advantage: grape production is abundant in Europe and the Mediterranean, and grape marc from winemaking is an abundant by-product of viticulture, which must be recycled or disposed of in the compliance with environmental standards.

The manufacturing process

After the grape juice is extracted, organic material remains called grape marc which includes the skins, stems and seeds of the grapes. Classified as “low environmental impact”, the manufacturing process begins with the recovery of these residues.

They are dried then ground and reduced to a fine powder.

The powder is then mixed with a base composed of grape vegetable oil and water-based polymer (PU 25%).
The whole thing is to solidify the material, to make it resistant and waterproof.

We obtain a thick paste which will be colored then spread in the form of wide strips on a recycled fiber and then the whole thing will be dried.

Grape skin does not contain:

✕ No toxic chemicals

✕ No toxic solvents

✕ No heavy metals

✕ No substances dangerous to humans and the environment.




Grape skin certifications

Vegea® received the first prize of the Global Change Award for the development of an innovative material.

The grape skin is certified vegan, compliant with REACH, OEKO-TEX STANDARD 10 and Global Recycling Standard .

Download here the Vegea® brochure containing the certifications.

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