About the Company
Nova Kaeru is a Brazilian company that develops sustainable fabric panels. Their plant-based product beLEAF™ is promoted as an alternative to leather.
beLEAF™ is made from the leaves of the Elephant Ear plant (Alocasia macrorrhiza) grown and harvested near the factory. This plant was chosen for its large leaves, ranging in size from 2-5 m². beLEAF is produced in a dozen different colors and can have a matte or glossy finish.
The elephant ear plants are grown on land owned by Nova Kaeru and in partnership with neighboring independent farmers involved in reforestation projects. Nova Kaeru harvests the leaves and processes them with their proprietary L.I.V.E. ️(Low Input Vast Effect) system that returns all manufacturing residues to the environment. Solids are used as compost; liquids for plant irrigation. According to Nova Kaeru, this technology could be adapted to tan any plant for use as a leather alternative.
Clothing, footwear, accessories, and furniture
Selected Brand Partnerships
The Shoe Surgeon