MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT: Leather made from food waste.

25. August 2020 | Material | via


Tômtex by vietnamese designer Uyen Tran (Credit:

Vietnamese designer Uyen Tran has developed a flexible bio-material made from waste seafood shells and coffee grounds that can be embossed with a variety of patterns to replicate animal leathers. According to an article by Jennifer Hahn on, “Tômtex” is dyed by using natural pigments such as charcoal, coffee and ochre to create a variety of colour options. The biodegradable material is said to be durable while remaining soft enough to be hand-stitched or machine-sewn.

The resulting material is also naturally water-resistant, a feature that can be enhanced by adding a coating of beeswax on top.