An Indian fashion brand making sustainable handbags from fruit waste to mitigate environmental impacts and revolutionize the fashion market.
Rashki is a locally nurtured brand of luxurious vegan leather, that emerges from the hearts of animal lovers. As a brand, they believe that everyone deserves a way of life that treasures both aesthetics and environmental values.
Banofi Leather is a material innovation company that produces plant-based leather from banana crop waste. Rashki has recently collaborated with Banofi Leather to introduce India’s first-ever range of handbags made from banana leather. It is a sustainable alternative to animal leather. However, this banana leather gives the same animal leather texture and durability with an 85% reduction in both water and carbon footprint. It also provides additional income for farmers and generates no toxic waste.
Rashki’s bags are priced between INR 2,000 to INR 10,000 and have initially been made available on the brand’s website. They will soon be accessible through various marketplaces such as Myntra, Nykaa Fashion, and Amazon.
Other Sustainable Leather brands in India
In a 2018 interview with Vegconomist, PAIO, an Indian vegan shoe brand, shed light on the immense prospects for cruelty-free leather footwear in India, given the nation’s sizable vegetarian community. In more recent years, a multitude of Indian brands have enthusiastically embraced the adoption of leather alternatives. RapidBox, a prominent fashion and sportswear label, proudly launched a collection of vegan leather sneakers, while Anita Dongre, a renowned fashion house, unveiled a captivating line of bags and belts crafted with the revolutionary plastic-free leather substitute known as Mirum.
The Bottom Line
Rahul Jain, the co-founder of Rashki, expressed, “Being one of the cherished sustainable lifestyle brands in India, we have positively impacted the lives of 40,000 consumers through our collection of vegan, cruelty-free bags and accessories. However, our drive to make a difference remains insatiable. In our relentless quest for a suitable leather alternative, we have discovered the perfect collaborator in Banofi. We are thrilled to introduce a fresh lineup of cruelty-free, plant-based leather handbags that are certain to impress. Additionally, the sheer excitement of offering plant-based leather that is proudly Made in India adds to the allure.”
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