Packaging, pulp and paper products provider Sappi North America has collaborated with UK-based Biophilica on a plastic-free leather alternative called Treekind.

Treekind is 100% biobased, home-compostable, non-toxic and PETA [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals]-vegan certified. It now uses Sappi’s textured release paper to give the plastic-free leather material a more realistic look and feel.

Sappi’s Ultracast Viva release paper is a high-fidelity, 3D, leather grain solution. Biophilica plans to use Sappi’s other finishes and textures, including glossy and matte, and varying grains for potential expansion in a premium line of goods.

Sappi North America director of release business strategy Mark Hittie explained: “Inclusion of plastic-containing coatings has dominated the vegan leather industry, limiting consumers [by offering] few fully sustainable choices and a material that often has a plastic-like touch, inferior to the quality or feel of traditional leather.”

Biophilica founder and CEO Mira Nameth added: “Curating the texture of Treekind to be as close to the feel of genuine leather as possible was a top priority for our team and brand, and what ultimately led us to seek Sappi’s textured release technology.”

Sappi’s coated printing papers are also used for premium magazines, catalogues, books, direct mail and high-end print advertising.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

The company recently launched a new digital platform designed to assist brand owners and packaging design agencies in creating customised packaging prototypes.