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April 27, 2021

Silicone producer moves into plastic-free vegan leather

Taiwanese silicone product manufacturer General Silicones (GS) is joining the ranks of suppliers of eco-friendly, plastic-free vegan leather products.

Taiwanese silicone product manufacturer General Silicones (GS) is joining the ranks of suppliers of eco-friendly, plastic-free vegan leather products.

The company says it wants to be part of the manufacturing evolution that does not use resources in harmful ways, hurts animals, or produces pollution that affects next generations. As such, GS is now providing its partners and clients a means to create products that do not need to rely on animal cruelty and offer a greener alternative.

Traditional faux-leather materials are made of petroleum derivatives such as PVC which is a problem plastics have, GS says. 

Vegan leather from GS is made of silicone rubber. The raw material for silicone rubber is derived from natural silica, the constituent of sand. Various studies have shown silicone is non-toxic, durable, and harmless to the environment. Over their lifecycle, silicone products reduce more carbon dioxide emissions than created during the manufacturing process.

In addition, at GS, all colouring additives for the vegan leather production are created in master batches tested by verification, testing and certification company SGS to pass FDA/RoHS/ REACH requirements to be environmentally friendly.

GS says it manufactures its vegan leather products to the highest environmental standards with the entire manufacturing process following green manufacturing procedures and regulations. No harmful chemicals or solvents are used or released during the creation and production process, giving silicone rubber-based vegan leather an environmentally friendly manufacturing footprint.

GS provides clients vegan leather with its patented Compo-SiL technology. The technology allows shipping vegan leather in rolls it says are easy to ship and store, while manufacturers of textile products and other products using roll-to-roll manufacturing processes can easily integrate Compo-SiL vegan leather raw material into their production line using standard adhesives. 

“Silicone-based vegan leather is manufactured to mimic the touch, feel, and look of natural leather products with silicone rubber’s added benefits,” the company says. “Vegan leather made from silicone has unique advantages that other materials can’t provide. Silicone rubber is resistant to cold and heat, chemicals, and solvents.

“GS vegan leather is highly durable and wearable to several types of fabric. It replaces plastic products as an environmentally friendly alternative with properties that guarantee a much longer product lifetime.”

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