Leather From Wood


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Project Type :

Aalto CHEMARTS Project

Published :

"The CHEMARTS CookBook", 2020

In recent years, people have become more aware of animal rights, it leads to the vegan leather movement, and people start to refuse using animal leather products. This trend makes many companies provide their products with artificial leather. However, most of the synthetic leathers are made of PVC or a composite of different plastics. It might be animal-friendly but not eco-friendly. Therefore, we must research how to make a leather-like material without using petrochemicals. 

The project, Leather from wood, aims to create a leather-like and biodegradable material, suitable for daily use to replace the animal leather.


Cellulose leather is a composite of different micron cellulose, pulp and biodegradable materials. It is flexible, strong, slightly transparent and can be tinted by using bio-based pigments and can be produced in different shape, flat or formed on a 3-dimensional mould.

Materials used:

Microcrystalline Cellulose (MCC), Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC),

Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS),

Birch Pulp, Cornstarch, Vinegar, Water, Glycerine, Food Pigments