WHAT IS YOUR VEGAN LETAHER & WHY IS IT A BETTER ALTERNATIVE?
What is your material made of?
People give it different names: washable paper, kraft paper fabric, leather paper,…etc. We call it ‘Paper-Tex’. Basically, it is a lightweight kraft paper with high tear resistance, made of biodegradable natural fiber.
It’s a paper material produced by pressing together moist fibers of cellulose pulp (wood pulp) mixing with latex, drying them into flexible sheets.
The tanning process, gives this paper-tex its particular ‘wrinkled’ look. We are using traditional techniques that consist in tanning and coloring of each single sheet. Because of this techniques, it is hard to guarantee that the product will be identical in color and overall appearance. But we can guarantee excellent washing results with no bleeding of original color after washing process.
HOW ABOUT THE “WASHABLE” PART?
Can you really wash it?
It’s called washable paper because it is washable, meaning that it stands wear, water and moisture. You can washed in typical home washing machines with the water temperature about 40°C/104°F), using normal detergent (powder or liquid) without a fabric softener. For little smut, the best way to care for your product, is a toothbrush and a little soap water.
It is water resistant, but not waterproof, so it still gets wet (it just dries and stays intact more easily), and it is less straightforward to clean compared to fabrics.
It also can be tumble dried but recommend medium temperature. The material does not leave fibres and can withstand high temperatures, but it will crinkle, which can be a desired effect.
If other desired, you can also ironed using a warm temperature or steam setting.
HOW SUSTAINABLE IS IT?
Is it a sustainable process?
Paper-tex is produced through paper mills, who take their environmental credentials very seriously. It’s FSC certified (Forestry Stewardship Council). This ensures that products made from wood pulp are sourced from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. FSC is regarded as the most rigorous international standard for responsible forestry.
Also it meets the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification which tests for harmful substances on textiles.
IT'S EASY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH WASHABLE PAPER
Why it ‘s loved by vegan shopper ?
Using washable paper is such a game changer. With lots of experimental properties, we come back to how environmentally-friendly washable paper fabric is for a material that’s so durable.
As leather develop character with wear, so does washable paper fabric. It appeals to our vegan shopper foremost was the fact that it is cruelty-free: no animal or animal products are used in its manufacture. The other reason why it’s loved, because it is biodegradable and yet so strong!
Made with natural fiber, Paper-tex starts breaking down after couple of weeks in the soil, yet the products can stand several years of use.
“If we use more of this ‘leather paper,’ we can reduce the number of animals killed for leather.”