Ultrafabrics manufactures high quality leather-free performance fabrics for a variety of applications in the automotive, aviation, health care, hospitality, and home goods industries.Their fabrics are not used for fashion or accessories. Although their petroleum-based alternatives are very likely more sustainable than bovine leather, MII highlights their commitment to lessening the use of non-renewable resources. By incorporating plant-based materials into their Ultraleather line, Ultrafabrics has taken a step toward more sustainability. Their Ultraleather® | Volar Bio fabric is profiled here.
Ultraleather® | Volar Bio represents the first bio-based material for Ultrafabrics. This leather alternative blends plant-based materials into their proprietary layered technology.
Production process: Mechanical/Chemical
Ultrafabrics proprietary Takumi™ technology consists of 4 layers with different compositions for optimal strength, comfort, consistency of color and grain, and durability. Ultraleather® | Volar Bio incorporates plant-based materials into each layer.
The Volar Bio collection is available in 9 colors shown below and contains 29% bio-based carbon.
Specifics and testing results are available here and reproduced below.
Images from Ultrafabrics.