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[Plant-Based Tech] Oxford University Student Creates Leather from Columbian Fique Plant

 

Gabriel Moreno created the sustainable vegan material from the fique plant as an alternative to environmentally damaging plastics and synthetic leather.

Oxford University postgraduate student Gabriel Moreno recently created vegan leather made from the Columbian Fique plant and natural rubber latex. 

The material is part of eco-friendly textile company Fiquetex, founded by Moreno and his father, Alex. Fiquetex produces 100-percent sustainable, biodegradable, and renewable fabric and leather products from the Columbian plant.

The father-and-son team spent five years researching and designing their Fique fabrics in an effort to create a fully sustainable textile alternative to environmentally damaging materials such as plastic and synthetic leather. 

Their Fique fabrics use just 10 percent of the energy required to make the same amount of nylon. Its unique circular economy process also means the material will biodegrade in just 100 days after being buried in the ground once its useful life is over. In developing and patenting the Fiquetex process, Moreno also worked with the Royal Academy of Engineering in London to perfect their innovative process.

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