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Fiquetex, a biodegradable vegan leather company, has scooped an award ahead of its worldwide release this July.

The start-up, which uses Fique plant natural fibers, hopes it can tackle landfill waste caused by unsustainable textile production. This is in line with more brands announcing vegan leather launches.

Biodegradable vegan leather

Student Gabriel Moreno, is behind the company, which he formed with his father. The pair spent five years researching a sustainable alternative to plastic and synthetics.

Gabriel scooped the Oxford University award for Best Postgraduate Idea. The competition is run in conjunction with EY and created by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

‘I’ve always been passionate about how we can live more sustainably today to secure a healthier and greener future for the planet.

Companies from H&M to Forest Green Rovers football club are looking for new sustainable alternatives. Countries such as China and Canada are banning single-use plastics and we have the environmentally friendly and economical solution the world needs’, says Gabriel.

Expanding industry

The vegan leather industry is expanding. This year alone saw the release of vegan leather by major brands, including H&M, Weekday, and Hermès. Materials range from cacti to mushrooms and hemp.

Moreover, actor Jason Momoa announced a brand partnership that saw the launch of sneakers made from algae.

You can find out more about Fiquetex here

Emily is a News and Features Writer for Plant Based News. She has previously worked as a journalist in Devon, UK, reporting on local issues from politics to the environment.