According to The Asahi Shimbun, leather is becoming a problem as some people won’t wear animal hide and synthetic leather comes from crude oil.
But now there’s an environmentally friendly leather from agricultural sources.
Those producing it come from the farms of Shinshu, an upland region that roughly matches the boundaries of Nagano Prefecture.
In May, an apple leather was unveiled by Sorena, a local fashion accessories company.
“I would like to make this a product that represents Shinshu and one that we can proudly showcase to the world,” said Yuri Ito, the company’s president. Ito was speaking to reporters at the prefectural government office.
Leather and fur have taken a hiding in recent years. Animal welfare is no longer the realm of activists but is affecting mainstream consumer choices, as are environmental concerns.
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