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Cruelty-free fashion house Samara has cut down on its plastic use by creating a vegan alternative to leather using apple skins. 

The Toronto-based brand says it avoids using polyvinylchloride (PVC) – which is commonly used to make faux-leather – due to it being ‘extremely detrimental to the environment’.

Samara has therefore released a collection of mini purses made primarily from apple skins, using a ‘little bit’ of polyurethane for durability. 

‘Better vegan leather’

“We tried creating our own plant-based leathers (in our kitchen sometimes) and experimented with coconut and pineapple too,” the brand announced on Instagram

“Then we found that Apple leather could look exactly like real leather, and if you mixed it with a little bit of PU, it was durable too. 

“We’ve taken apple skins that are wasted by the juicing industry, to create bags, and we’re going to keep trying to create better vegan leather for you because it’s high time that the fashion industry becomes more natural, and plant-based too.”

The Apple Leather Mini purses are priced at $50 and are available in colors red, blush, and black. Every purchase through Samara covers the cost of a Solar Backpack for a child in need in East Africa, so that they have access to light.

You can shop the collection here

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.