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Leaf leather bags & wallets - Green Fashion

A few years ago, while searching for new alternative vegan leather options to introduce to Velvety, we found :


We suddenly felt the urgency to find out more about this new type of plant-based leather and which products were already in the market, then we discovered two great brands already making amazing leaf leather wallets, bags and accessories. Tree Tribe & Thamon.

what is leaf leather

So now we are going to explain you what is leaf leather and why we finally decided to introduce it at Velvety by answering the big questions!


“Leaf leather is an innovative plant based leather alternative made from tree leaves. It's better than traditional leather because it's more environmentally friendly and created from trees so it doesn't require harming animals. It can also be made just as strong and durable as animal leather, and even water resistant like our own Tree Tribe Leaf Leather.”

  • Explains Joe from Tree Tribe.



The process Tree Tribe uses:

  1. Sustainably harvested Teak leaves are collected from fallen leaves. No trees are harmed in the process.

  2. The leaves are soaked in water, dyed, then arranged flat together and set out to dry, which bonds the leaves and provides a large sheet of the leaf material.

  3. The leaf layer is mended with cotton fabric to provide a soft interior backing and structure.

  4. A thin translucent outer layer made from a non-toxic BOPP film is applied that seals the leaf layer and protects it while maintaining the texture and feel of the leaves. This layer also provides water proofing, durability, and longevity. While not perfect (yet), when incinerated BOPP film only gives off water vapor and carbon dioxide.

  5. With the leaf leather material complete and strengthened, it can now be sewn into any accessories imaginable.

leaf leather wallet


“Leaves are a beautiful organic material. As they come in unlimited shapes and forms. The reclaimed expired leaves are treated with an environmentally friendly polymer to restore and enhance the leaves' properties for creating our leaf fashion accessories. No toxic treatments or dyes are applied. They are lightweight yet highly functional and durable. “

  • Explained by Thamon.

    “More environmentally friendly than animal leather and faux leather.”

  • Explained by Joe from Tree Tribe.

leaft leather


Both companies provide income to the communities involved in the harvest of the raw materials. The leaf leather crafting process is an ancestral hand made art from Thailand, where both companies produce their products ensuring a fair income to support the living of these skilled artisans.

Also both companies are committed to cruelty free practices and ensure that no animal products are involved in any stage of the production. Meaning that all their products can be categorised as vegan.

And the best part?

Leaf leather can be really strong and durable, that’s why if you take good care of your bag or wallet, it can last for many years.




Another amazing plant-based material we really love is PINATEX, made from pineapple leaves!

If you want to know everything about it, please have a look at our latest post:

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All you need to know about Ethical Jewellery

Jewellery may be frivolous and thrilling, it may be sentimental and nostalgic, but the reality of production can be a different story.


As with all areas of fashion it is very easy to overlook the journeys our products have been a part of. In an era of disposable, cheap and fast fashion, we need to take a very important step back and reassess why and how products are made and delivered to the consumer.


The jewellery industry is one laden with controversy and occasionally alleged corruption. Unethical sourcing of gemstones and metals, in particular Gold - can have catastrophic effects on communities, their people and their environments.


When one first begins looking into the ethics of mining, it can feel overwhelming. An initial gut reaction may be to boycott the industry. However, according to the Fairtrade Foundation “an estimated 100 million people worldwide rely on small-scale mining to support their families and communities”. This means the answer is not to avoid and abandon the industry, but to push and fight harder for fairer, ethical mining and sourcing that supports these artisans and small-scale miners.


We need to push for fair pay, environmental protection and health and safety regulations.


Fair Pay:


When no monitoring is put in place, small scale miners are very often exploited financially by being offered worryingly low prices in exchange for precious metals and are given no other choice but to accept. With such low payments being made, these miners are unable to make a fair living and are prevented from investing in safe equipment. So as a result, people are forced to continually work in dangerous and unhealthy conditions.


Health and Safety:


It’s a serious concern that mercury is often used to extract precious metals, with no safety regulations in place. Mercury is a toxin which sadly causes harmful effects to the human body such as birth defects, kidney damage, digestive and immune disorders as well as having a serious deleterious effect on water supplies, fish and environmental contamination. Without proper investment and pay, miners are unable to handle these chemicals safely thus being unable to protect themselves and their surrounding environment.


Precious Gemstones:


Gemstones are equally troubling when we begin to look deeper into their sourcing and supply. Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds and Diamonds to name a very few are often subject to exploitation. Not only can the sourcing put human life and the environment at risk, but the journeys that the precious stones take are also highly vulnerable to corruption and conflict. Knowing where your gemstone comes from and the journey it took is the suppliers' and jewellers' and maybe to some extent the consumers' responsibility. We have to work together - it is time to buy mindfully and to start to think of the wider implications before we purchase.


The good news…


The good news for gold is that Fairtrade has done incredible work to ensure artisans and miners work in safe and non-hazardous conditions with strict requirements when mining for precious metals. These requirements include: safe handling of chemicals when used, environmental protection, women's rights and child labour protection. Fairtrade also ensures a fair price is always given for the gold, in line with global prices thus avoiding the previously mentioned exploitation. Buying ethically sourced metal means you are supporting an industry that so many rely on for their livelihood, whilst ensuring the process minimises risk and corruption.


With regards to gemstones, although there is not one governing body to ensure ethical mining is promoted and followed, there are a number of programmes and mines around the world that are committed to sustainably sourcing using high-tech and safe equipment. Certain places even run projects such as reforestation and water filtration systems as a way of protecting the land and communities. 


Now what..


With regards to wider accessibility: due to ethically sourced materials currently costing more, sustainable jewellery is sadly perceived as a “luxury item’ - but this does not have to be the case. Although it is true that ethically sourced jewellery will come at a slightly higher price, this doesn't mean it should be thought of or sold as an exclusive product. If that were to be the case, sustainable fashion would never become mainstream and no noticeable changes to this huge industry would ever occur.


To encourage and speed up change in perception, such change has to come from designers and ultimately consumers. It’s the good-old supply and demand story… the more demand there is for ethical jewellery, the more investment and support these organisations will get.


The question is: Do you really want to adorn yourself with jewels at the cost of someone else's well-being and environmental harm?


Thankfully a number of jewellers such as Hammered are starting to encourage and offer another alternative. Hammered is a London based enterprise run by jewellery designer Aimee Schmidt that works hard to offer an ethical solution without massively inflating the price tag. Hammered is 100% committed to producing contemporary jewellery that looks deeper behind the fashion. It was formed from a passion for design and a passion to change the status quo in the jewellery industry, proving sustainably sourced highly desirable jewellery doesn’t have to be unattainable and elitist!


About the writer:

Aimee Schmidt is a jewellery designer living and working in London, UK. She is passionate about society’s responsibilities for promoting and securing ethical and sustainable sourcing of materials. Accordingly Aimee supports Fairtrade gold and uses ethically sourced metals and gemstones in her pieces.

Her signature designs are characterised by hammered textures, reflected in her company name and are inspired by architectural and structural forms.





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Sustainable Vegan Bags - WHAT IS VEGAN LEATHER?




Nowadays, there are quite a few fashion brands all over the world making vegan bags, it's not difficult to find them, it's also not too difficult to find a great variety of designs and styles. 
However, it becomes a bit more difficult when you are trying to find a bag that is vegan and also ethically made, eco-friendly and sustainable.


First thing to consider:


"Many major vegan leather brands claim their products are made of ‘eco friendly’ PU (Polyurethane) microfibers, used because their ‘feel’ is similar to that of leather, and it can be imprinted with grains that mimic suede and natural skins. But make no mistake–there is no such thing as ‘eco friendly’ PU.

In the production of microfiber-based synthetics, textiles and polymers are often layered together and compressed several times through metal rollers, then submersed in a coagulation solution to solidify. This chemical process requires excessive levels of toxic substances like dimethylformamide, which has also been linked to cancer and birth defects, and acetic acid, high doses of which can damage skin and eyes."


"Despite these eco-horrors, many eco-warriors find vegan leather production even worse. For example, the manufacture and incineration of PVC-based synthetics produce one of the most toxic chemicals known to man: dioxins. Found in almost every single modern human’s body, dioxins promote developmental disturbances and increase cancer risks tenfold.

Since plastic-based synthetics don’t fully biodegrade, they produce micro-particles that are ingested by animals and thus enter the food chain at all levels: even Arctic polar bears have been found to have dioxins in their bloodstream. When it does break down, vegan leather releases phthalates—initially added as a softening agent—which subsequently enter the food chain and the atmosphere, causing breathing problems, breast cancers, hormonal disruptions and birth defects."

-Eluxe Magazine


Want some more info?


Are we helping animals by choosing a bag that is not made of leather but microfiber instead?

Yes, of course we are!

But...are we helping the environment too?

The answer

And also...something very important! Are we paying for a bag that has been made by happy workers? Workers that get the right salary wages and conditions?

Sometimes we just want to make our purchase easy and feel good by knowing that we are supporting a vegan brand that cares about animals, however sometimes we just need to spend an extra minute trying to find that item that really ticks all the ethical boxes. It will be always your choice, but you need to know that it is a choice!


To help you in this search we created Velvety

An ethical, sustainable and of course vegan store that will make your eco vegan purchases easier! At Velvety you can find a selective range of bags, wallets, backpacks and more
that are handmade, ethically manufactured and sustainable. We do not carry bags made of 100% vegan leather, we only carry bags made of cork, upcycled materials, real leaves and pineapple leather. We care about animals, the people and the environment
and that's why we decided to only focus on real eco-friendly bags and accessories.

Have a look at our range and get inspired by colours, materials and textures :)

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