ELeather Group has launched a new material for public spaces and transport markets. Essence is designed to offer hygiene, softness and sustainability. It is available to order now.
The new material was developed to offer built-in hygiene protection through a proprietary antimicrobial solution, Pure Guard technology. ELeather said Essence is made responsibly using even more recycled leather than its predecessor and features a natural finish that delivers a soft feel.
The company has served the aviation industry for more than a decade. It said now more than ever, airlines, airports and other transport services are looking for ways to reassure passengers of a hygienic and clean travel experience.
The introduction of Essence with Pure Guard technology provides the most hygienic ELeather product yet. It is designed to actively reduce the growth and presence of all microbes, including bacteria, and more.
“Enhanced hygiene was considered in the development of Essence from the start,” said Richard Peace, NPD manager. “We have ensured that the product surface can be sanitised with a wide range of commonly used cleaning materials without damage or degradation to the surface. To bring added peace of mind, we have incorporated Pure Guard antimicrobial technology to effectively reduce the growth of microbes on the surface, and have verified this with testing to internationally recognised standards. This technology is incorporated into the product to ensure that it does not wear off or leach out, and that the antimicrobial performance is retained throughout the lifetime of the material.”
ELeather materials have also been tested to ensure compatibility with the most commonly used sanitisers and are UVC-certified by Dimer UVC Innovations in partnership with Honeywell.
Compared with traditional leather and synthetic materials, ELeather says Essence maintains its ‘like-new’ look for longer through a controlled stretch that eliminates bagging and sagging.
“We’ve looked at the qualities that make ELeather one of the most trusted upholstery materials in the entire transport industry and developed them even further with a greater emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene,” said Louise Gear, director of transport. “As always, one of the main components here is recycled leather, which not only helps transport operators boost their sustainability credentials, but also allows us to keep saving tons of leather waste from ending up in landfill sites.”