Eco-friendly Leather Alternative Gives Rise to Innovation in Product and Fashion Design.
Taiwanese manufacturer General Silicones (GS) announces its patented Compo-SiL® vegan leather fabric overcomes the barrier of silicone rubber’s chemical inertness. The patented technology allows textile and product designers to quickly adhere the vegan leather material to textiles, metals, and other surfaces using standard adhesives.
Patented Layer for Fast and Secure Silicone Leather Adhesion
Untreated silicone rubber-based leather is hard to apply to any surfaces due to its chemical inertness. Thanks to over 50 years of silicone manufacturing experience, GS developed a technology to add a micrometre thin layer of water-based Polyurethane (PU) material on the inner side of the silicone leather.
The PU layer serves as an interface to further process the vegan leather with standard adhesives to textiles or different substrates.
As the sole purpose of the PU layer is to allow adhesion, it is ultra-thin. Thus effectively minimizing the PU plastic content of Compo-SiL® vegan leather to a significantly low value.
Outer Vegan Layer Matches Natural Leather
GS modifies the outer layer of the vegan leather to the customer’s specifications. Modifications include embossment, colours, and thickness of the fabric to match the touch and feel of natural leather products and additional requirements of the planned application.
Environmentally Friendly Silicone-based Leather
Silicone has already been proven to be harmless to the environment. The solvent-free production process of GS silicone leather has a low ecological footprint and does not create or use dangerous chemicals during production, use, or disposal. Compo-SiL® vegan leather is not only an attractive alternative to traditional faux and animal leather but as well to other vegan leather products.
Extending Product Lifetime, A Mind Set for Circular Economy
Slowing down the aging of products and prolonging the product replacement cycle adds significant economic and ecological benefits to final products.
The properties of silicone give Compo-SiL® leather far better durability than other leather alternatives. The excellent combination of silicone’s chemical and mechanical characteristics, like excellent thermal stability, high water repellency, resistance to ozone, UV, and other oxidative degradations, make Compo-SiL® vegan leather a superior material.
Protecting products and apparel with Compo-SiL® can prolong product lifetime to a much larger extent than plastic-based products would do.
Contrasting Properties of Compo-SiL® Vegan Leather
Silicone-based vegan leather products offer distinct benefits compared to natural leather, plastic, and alternatives with high PU content:
Outstanding Inherited Silicone Properties: Starting from durability, excellent elastic properties, chemical inertness, and low carbon footprint, make Compo-SiL® vegan leather an excellent leather.