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UDaily: UD-developed 'eco-leather' earns 2014 World Green Design Award

UDaily: UD-developed 'eco-leather' earns 2014 World Green Design Award

The World Green Design Organization has selected University of Delaware Professor Richard Wool’s innovative “Eco-leather” for the 2014 World Green Design Award.

Developed in Wool’s laboratory at UD, eco-leather is an environmentally friendly, bio-based material that can be produced without the traditional leather tanning process. 

Instead, natural materials such as flax and cotton are combined with plant oils from palm, corn or soybeans under high pressure, then laminated together in layers to create a product that acts and feels like leather, according to Wool, director of the Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources (ACRES) program at UD.