Phool, Microbe-derived leather, next-gen leather, alternative leather, cruelty-free leather.
Phool
Material Name: 

Fleather

Biomimicry: 

Leather

Main Input: 

Microbe-derived

Founded: 

2009

HQ: 

India

TRL: 

2/5

Founder(s): 

Ankit Agarwal

Website: 
About the Company

Kanpur Flowercycling Private Limited (PHOOL) makes incense from recycled and processed temple flowers. They also introduced a thermocol (polystyrene) replacement made from flowers and fungus called Florafoam for use as packaging. Recently, they created a leather-like material called Fleather made from fermented flower petals. In 2019, Fleather won the UN Sustainability Award.

Material

Fleather is a leather alternative made from waste flower petals collected from temples in india. Phool has stated that their Fleather is breathable and can be engineered to various tensile strengths.

Technology

All Phool products use flowers from temples in India as the primary raw material. The flowers are brought from temples and separated to remove non-biodegradable waste like plastic and thread. According to their website, “a consortium of organisms is allowed to grow” on this “flower-based nutritive substrate” over a period of 3 weeks to create Fleather. The company describes the process as similar to making curd, which suggests a fermentation process for producing Fleather.

Applications

Accessories, footwear, home goods

Selected Brand Partnerships

None currently known.

Images: Phool.

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