TEXTILE

Eco-Friendly,
Leather-like Textile

Gelatex has invented the first eco-friendly leather-like material that is 100% non-toxic, made of waste and is easily scalable.

 

It is made from gelatin nanofibers by up-cycling meat industry waste, an abundant and under-valued resource.

 

It is a unique material, different from any other, but closest to suede or leather.

Currently available for licensing only.

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Gelatex x Stella Soomlais

The relationship with Estonia's most well-known fully circular leather bags and accessories brand Stella Soomlais was established in the early days of Gelatex in 2016. Stella Soomlais designers and crafters have tested the material multiple times in the manufacture of different products and are continuously giving us valuable feedback.                                                               

Website: https://www.stellasoomlais.com/

"What really caught my attention about Gelatex was its many positive sides such as sustainability, constant quality and that it            comes in rolls."                       

 

Anna Lehmusniemi, Founder and designer at NO / AN

–Anna Lehmusniemi

Founder & Designer at NO/AN

"What excites me the most about Gelatex is the scalability and even topography of the material, which in other words means smaller leftover percentage"

Stella Runnel  Founder & Designer at Stella Soomlais

–Stella Runnel

Founder & Designer at Stella Soomlais

Benefits of Gelatex Leather-like Textile

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Upcycled

Redesigned from
livestock waste

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Sustainable

No toxic chemicals, little energy and water used in production

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Comes in Rolls

Reduces material waste and saves your time

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Stable Quality

No scratches, no thickness variations

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Breathable

Structure of the mesh creates porous material

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Lightweight

Thickness and weight can be customized

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Cost Competitive

Zero Waste

Quick automated production keeps the cost down

There is no wastewater or solid waste from Gelatex production 

The Process: From Waste To Textile

Re-Direct

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Our core component is gelatin— a versatile yet undervalued byproduct of the livestock industry.

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Gelatin Production

The livestock industry uses only 60% of slaughtered animals for meat. The other 40% is often discarded.

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Re-Directed

Discarded waste includes bones, skin scraps and tendons that can be used to make gelatin – a natural versatile protein. Over 5 million tons of this material is currently incinerated in the EU only. 

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Gelatex Platform

At Gelatex, we use the gelatin that is upcycled from this waste as a core component of our natural, safe, and sustainable materials.

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Gelatin is mixed into a solution.

We then use a proprietary nanofiber technology to spin gelatin into insoluble nanofibrous mesh.

Formulate

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Once the mesh is created, the material will be treated with sustainable ingredients and laminated to give it a better durability and strength.

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We mix a solution from gelatin

Then spin

nano-fibers

To build non-woven mesh

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The mesh is  finished with sustainable ingredients 

And laminated with cotton for durability

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The material is not commercially available yet. We are open for licensing.

 

Our own in-house developments have been paused due to activities in other fields.

Get in touch to ask about licensing or co-development.

Samples will be sent only to companies interested in licensing.