Netherlands Startups Fruitleather: Make Suretin Leather with Abandoned Mangoes

As the European Mango Trading Center, the Netherlands’s number of mangoes accounts for more than half of the total imports of European imports, but due to logistics or storage environment, there are many damage, rotten mangoes are directly discarded, causing waste of water. A certain negative impact has been generated.
FRUITLEATHER in 2015, Fruitleather, made a new solution idea on this issue: recovered these abandoned mangoes and made “puree leather”.
Turning waste into treasure:
Will abandon mango into a puree leather
Fruitleather was founded by Hugo de Boon and Koen Meerkerk, two were university-time classmates, graduated from the Netherlands Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academy interior design. During the university, Hugo de Boon and Koen Meerkerk are very keen to discuss the topics related to the circular economy, and how to use the “useless” things created value.

Above from left to right: Koen Meerkerk and Hugo de boon
They noticed that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has issued a set of data: the weight of abandoned food within a year is about 1.3 billion tons, equivalent to one-third of the total food production; global farmers produced In fruits for consumption, 45% of the fruits will eventually be discarded, calculated in this proportion, about 30% of agricultural land on the earth is used to produce these fruits that will eventually be discarded. In addition to the waste of land resources, waste fruit will also cause a series of environmental issues. According to statistics, 10% of the greenhouse gas in some developed countries is discharged during the production of these fruits that will eventually be discarded.
They also learned that in the fashion industry, the use of animal leather has also caused a large negative impact on the environment, and a group of data from the animal organization (PETA) shows that more than 1 billion animals have been slaughtered in the world. They have a fur, these fur produce approximately 650 million kilograms of carbon dioxide during cleaning and making leather.

Therefore, Hugo de boon and Koen Meerkerk with design professional background begins to think, can waste food be varied into treasure? With such an idea, the two moved into the Rotterdam Circular Economic Entrepreneurship Incubation Base – Bluecity, started with their own tests, after many trials, they believe that the softness and toughness of the mango produced, and As the largest mango dealer in Europe, the Netherlands’s mango waste is large, so they determine that the first product of Fruitleather is the pegin leather produced by mango.
At present, Fruitleather has reached a long-term cooperation with the Netherlands’ s local mango import company, which imports 6 million kilograms per year, but in the process of quality control, about 1500 mango will be thrown away.
Anneke Bouman, Quality Assurance and Sustainable Development Sector Manager, said: “In the past, I also wanted to have a new recycling method to let these mango from being discarded, and now it seems to fruitleather is the best choice.”
Fruitleather now is now made of grouse between 49.99 euros to 60 euros, and the price difference is mainly based on the size of the leather. The price of 56 x 38 cm is 49.99 euros, while 60 x 40 cm Leather price For 60 euros.
Hugo de boon said that their goals are not competing with the traditional leather industry. “Our establishment of Fruitleather is not to completely replace traditional leather, but hope to provide more alternatives to this industry.”

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