Fish skin and plastic bottles sustainable fabric






Instituto-e’s e-fabrics use discarded skins, primarily from the food industry which fish skins are usually thrown out, when it is in fact very suitable for use as a leather substitute. It looks soft and thin, but apparently it is more resistant and sturdy than bovine leather. The fish skin used in the e-fabrics project comes from Marajó Island off the north-eastern coast of Brazil where they work with indigenous tribes who do the fishing and skinning.

The production process then takes place is three other regions of Brazil and provides jobs to hundreds of workers. When the fish leather is ready to be used it’s sold to brands like the Brazilian Osklen, but also more recently by the Japanese brand Kenzo.

Instituto-e works with local communities throughout Brazil to source the raw materials and they make sure the environmental impact in minimized. The production process creates thousands of jobs for locals and creates social inclusiveness.

blog: Mona Abada

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