Dutch designer Tjeerd Veenhoven is the mastermind behind this innovative material: palm leather. By soaking palm leaves in a biodegradable solution they turn soft and stay that way forever. With this, Veenhoven has found a way upgrade a waste product into a durable material that is reminiscent of leather and rubber.
The picture above shows Veenhoven’s Resort Sandal, a cheap and sustainable replacement for the plastic flip flops so many of us around the globe wear.
Read more about Veenhoven and his work here.