NOVEL LEATHERLIKE TEXTILE
Gelatex is an eco-friendly leatherlike textile that is made of waste and is chemically identical to leather. The production is easily scalable, fast and environmentally friendly.
WHAT WE DO
Gelatin-based leatherlike eco-textile
Gelatex is a non-woven textile made from gelatin derived from the low value waste of meat or leather industries. That way we give higher value to waste and enable to make up to 5 times more material from the same animal.
Gelatex production uses only natural, non-toxic substances and makes therefore no harm to the environment, to people living in the surrounding areas, to workers producing Gelatex, nor the final consumer of the products made of Gelatex.
FEATURES OF GELATEX
• No toxic chemicals
• Organic raw material
• Made of waste
• Little water and energy
needed to produce
COMES IN ROLLS
• Easy to handle
• Simple to design
Effortless to cut
Waste reduction by 20%
• Feels like leather
• Breathable and durable
• Customizable properties
(texture, thickness, water
The team behind Gelatex started to work on the idea in spring 2016 with the aim of making the textile industry more sustainable. This means that eco-friendly materials should also be mass-producible in a fast and cost-effective way. The idea of using gelatin for the production of leatherlike textile grew out of the university research. The company Gelatex Technologies was founded in November 2016 in Estonia by two co-founders.
Mari-Ann Meigo Fonseca (co-founder & CEO) has several years of experience as a garment technologist making product development for fashion designers. She has MBA degree and has worked as a business consultant for creative entrepreneurs.
Märt-Erik Martens (co-founder & CTO) has researched gelatin-based materials more than 4 years and holds a materials science degree at the University of Tartu (Estonia). He has taken part of many engineering projects in the past and is an inventor of Gelatex technology.
Gelatex development team at University of Tartu
GELATEX IS THE ONLY ECO-FRIENDLY LEATHERLIKE MATERIAL THAT IS AFFORDABLE, CHEMICALLY IDENTICAL TO LEATHER, COMES IN ROLLS AND IS EASILY SCALABLE.
Between the period of 15th Sept 2018 to 15th Sept 2019 European Union European Structural and Investment Funds helps Gelatex Technologies OÜ with a grant of € 28 816.67 € to carry out project "Applied research for the development of material finishing technologies and production line prototype". Project purpose is to improve Gelatex material abrasion resistance, develop industrial material finishing technologies and develop an automated production line prototype.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 876086