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.

Case Studies

Gelatex x Stella Soomlais

The relationship with Estonian most well-known fully circular leather bags and accessories brand Stella Soomlais was created on early days of Gelatex in 2016. Stella Soomlais designers and crafters have tested the material various times on different products and are continuously giving us a 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 & 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

Benefits Of Gelatex


Redesigned from
livestock waste


Structure of the mesh creates porous material


No toxic chemicals, little energy and water used in production


Thickness and weight can be customized

Comes in Rolls

Reduces material waste and saves your time

Stable Quality

No scratches, no thickness variations

Cost Competitive

Zero Waste

Quick automated production keeps the cost down

There is no wastewater or solid waste from Gelatex production 

Interested in samples or collaboration?

Textile Formulation

We use a proprietary process of creating a nano-fibrous mesh that becomes the base textile. 

Nano-Fibrous Mesh

We use a proprietary technology to spin a nano-fibrous mesh from gelatin-based solution.

Lamination + Finishing  

The mesh is laminated with cotton and finished with sustainable ingredients for better durability and nice touch.

Want to know more about how it’s made?


Can you send the technical data sheet?

Please write us at info@gelatex.com and we will try to provide you as much information about the material as we can. However, please understand that the product is currently in development and the properties of the material are constantly changing.

What kinds of colours do you have? Can you colour the material?

The natural color of the material is beige or light camel. But the coolest part with coloring the material is that we can add the coloring pigments inside the solution before we make the fibers. This means that there is no wastewater from dyeing process, the material is coloured in the same way thoroughly and the color does not fade off that easily. We have now light camel, grass green, salmon pink, dusty grey, and night black as color options.

How is Gelatex made?

Gelatex is made of gelatin - a natural protein derived from the waste of meat or leather industries. Our proprietary process includes making solution from gelatin, making nano-fibrous non-woven mesh, lamination with cotton and finishing with sustainable ingredients to give durability and final touch. Please visit our Technology page for more information.

What is the composition of Gelatex textile?

Final composition varies depending on thicknesses and treatments that we are working on but approximate one is 80% gelatin, 10% cotton, 3% glucose, 7% other additives. The main component gelatin is a natural protein upcycled from the meat industry waste. Currently we use pig origin gelatin.

How can I buy Gelatex?

We are working now on pilot production line and durability improvements to get material quality and production capacity stable. The material is currently available for selected brands. Please get in touch for more information. We are happy to collaborate with new designers!

What makes Gelatex material sustainable?

Gelatex is made from gelatin - a natural protein derived from the waste of meat processing industry that otherwise would be incinerated. Just in Estonia - a country of only 1.3 million people where we are coming from - over 2 million square meters of Gelatex material could be made each year if upcycling the waste that currently gets incinerated. You can just imagine what is the impact in the whole world.
Gelatex production process is also fully automated and very efficient, using 78% less energy and 28% less water than leather production. There are no toxic chemicals used in the production process. Also, as colour pigments are added before we create the fibers, it means that there is also no wastewater from the dyeing process which is usually the most polluting in textile or leather industries.

Can I get samples?

As we have limited production capacity now, we do not send out free samples at the moment. We would like to get to know you and your plans better and then we can discuss the options. Please get in touch by sending us e-mail to info@gelatex.com or fill in the form below.

Is Gelatex waterproof?

Gelatex is water resistant, but not waterproof.

I have a project idea. Can we collaborate?

We are always interested in testing our material on new products or collaborating with you on projects that share same values with us. Please get in touch!

Interested? Try it out for yourself.

Get in touch to ask about collaboration possibilities.


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