Engineered leather specialist ELeather has been included on the Global Cleantech 100 list for the sixth consecutive year. The idea of the list is to highlight those 100 private companies whose clean technology ideas show the most promise in terms of impacting the industry over the next five to 10 years.
The list is evaluated by a panel of 87 industry experts, including investors and multinational corporation representatives. Voting is based on each company’s innovation potential, market share and ability to execute its vision.
One of the areas that the Cleantech list celebrates is advanced materials, which commends solutions that improve durability and efficiency as well as decreasing toxicity.
ELeather has developed its engineered leather to meet these criteria and more. Recognising that much traditional leather is unused and often destined for landfill, the company developed a patented manufacturing process to combine the unused leather, using just the power of water. In addition, the process recycles 95% of utilised water.
The company describes the result as a high-performance natural material that is durable, versatile, luxurious, non-porous, easy to clean and hygienic. Large-scale uses of engineered leather span across transportation, public spaces and lifestyle markets, as well as athletic footwear.
“It’s an honour be part of the prestigious global Cleantech 100 list,” said Nico den Ouden, chief commercial officer at ELeather. “Sustainability is at the core of everything we do. Our patented manufacturing process was designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible. I’m proud to see ELeather listed alongside other businesses using exciting and innovative technologies. As consumer interest in clean technology grows, we’re excited to work with new and existing customers and partners to supply advanced materials to an audience looking to make sustainable choices.”
ELeather plans to launch a new aviation product in 2020, combining sustainability and performance with an added touch of luxury. In addition, the company will launch a new design-specific brand that will aim to help designers across all markets understand the properties and applications of engineered leather.