TômTex was designed as a sustainable alternative to faux and animal leathers. It is made of two key bio-based ingredients, seashell waste and coffee grounds, and uses no tanning process or backing material. It is a solution that makes productive use of the more than 9 million tons of wasted coffee grounds produced globally each year and the 6–8 million tons of shellfish waste generated by the food industry annually. It also provides an alternative for the toxic tanning process. More than 90% of the leather produced globally is chrome tanned, which harms the environment and workers’ health and safety.

Designed by: Uyen Tran of Parsons School of Design

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