UK textile brand Camira has launched Deca, its first vegan-friendly alt-leather range, which can be used as upholstery fabric.
The alt-leather range is made from polyurethane (PU). According to the company, it is soft to touch and gives a similar finish to animal-sourced leather. In addition, it can withstand high heat and humidity.
Polyurethane is a general term used for a class of polymers commonly used in home furnishings such as bedding, furniture, or fashion accessories. This material is not plastic and biodegradable by naturally occurring microorganisms within 20-30 years.
“We’ve worked hard to ensure that Deca will complement the most sophisticated of interior schemes through its luxurious feel and delicate colour palette,” said the company.
The alt-leather range is available in 20 colours and uses a cotton backing to make it ideal and malleable for upholstery use.
The brand stated that its alt-leather range is free from harmful substances commonly found in polyurethane, such as phthalates, PVCs, or solvent Dimethylformamide (DMF). In addition, it is also certified to OEKO-TEX Standard 100, meaning it is tested free from harmful chemicals during all stages of production.
The range follows Camira’s launch of Quest fabric, which is made from recycled ocean plastics.