Brand: Malai Biomaterials
Applications: Accessories, bags, interior decor, stationary, light footwear
A material often categorised as “vegan leather,” Malai is a biocomposite material based on bacterial cellulose grown on water from mature coconuts and natural fibres. Malai is a biocomposite material which is completely organic, vegan and compostable – even in home compost. Malai collaborate with coconut processing units in South India who find themselves with an excess of waste water from mature coconuts that would otherwise be dumped into the environment. This water is used as a media for a fermentation process to grow Bacterial Cellulose. The material is further refined by adding natural fibres from banana stem, sisal and hemp. All Malai materials are dyed using plant based natural dyes sourced from India.