Unique Unwasted leather bags are made from wine grapes
What do you get when you combine a waste product from wine making, a designer focused on sustainability and a French leather maker? Unwasted.
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Unwasted is a bag collection made from plant-based leather with a mission to make a statement or two. The process begins with Oddbird, Scandinavia’s largest producer of craft wines. Grape marc is a by-product of this wine production. Specifically, it’s the skins. Although it’s organic materials, its sheer quantity calls for recycling them in a more productive way.
Enter Planet of the Grapes, a French company that converts the grape marc into sheets of leathery material.
“Once the grapes have been pressed to make the wine, the grape skins are essentially waste,” said Sam Mureau at Planet of the Grapes. “The grape marc is collected and dried out under the beautiful Provencal sunlight. Once dry, it’s ground into a powder. The powder is blended with some purely natural ingredients and turned into a liquid, which is then poured onto a fabric of natural stem fibers. Once the material is left to dry, the leather is ready to use and the lost grapes are reborn.”