Treekind - The Leaf Leather

by Mira Nameth in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th September 2020 we successfully raised £10,000 with 124 supporters in 28 days

We hope to raise £5000 to match fund our pilot, to make the first 500 m2 of our Treekind material, a sustainable leather alternative!

by Mira Nameth in London, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Hitting our stretch target will enable us to:

  • Invest in additional materials, processes and more advanced equipment in the pilot
  • Accelerate the improvement of the formula and process, for an ever stronger material, in partnership with a group of scientific experts

In a nutshell

Leather is the most environmentally destructive textile. We at Biophilica have invented a plant-based alternative called Treekind, which usually gets the reaction 'It's like leather!' With your help, we hope to raise £5000 to help fund our pilot machinery – to make the first 500 m2 of our Treekind leather alternative!

The problem

Leather is the most environmentally harmful textile with its carbon footprint, water usage and toxic wastewater. Leather is a 500 billion dollar market. The world needs a better leather! 


Our solution

Treekind by Biophilica is a new, unique leather-like material made from green waste, like leaves and twigs from parks and gardens. Biophilica is female-founded and majority owned.


Treekind is:

- Infinitely recyclable as green waste 

- Home compostable

- Uses less than 1% of the water from leather production

- Estimated by Imperial College to be carbon negative

- Contains ZERO plastic or chemicals

- Was twice as strong as synthetic leather in initial testing

The UK’s 6 million tons of green waste could become 2.9 million m2 of circular material, annually. 

As part of our idea, we are committed to help fund the planting of more trees – it's one of our rewards to the right, called 'Strong Roots'.

Proof of impact

In 2019, our startup was selected by the Central Research Lab accelerator program in London.

We are featured in Trend Bible 2022 Home & Interiors and Biophilica has recently been awarded by Creative Conscience – Fashion & Textiles – for our Treekind material! 

"It's just like leather" - Luuk Braam, Product Development Manager at Ouden Groep, our Dutch green waste partner

The LEGO Foundation (promoting play in developing countries), vegan bag brands, shoe designers, a sustainable Swiss watch startup, furniture companies, and interior designers have all expressed continued interest in our material.

The funding

The Dutch Government is supporting our pilot but we don't have all the funding we need. Now we are looking to build a mini-factory that demonstrates the manufacturing potential of this material.

With your help, we can scale up a solution that lowers carbon emissions, saves water, and starts changing the way fashion works. 

The Biophilica team

Our team is unified in our passion to make sustainability mainstream. Our background is in design, strategy, grant funding, and project management. Three of us graduated from the Royal College of Art, and some of us have worked at Google. In the past, we have worked with companies like Unilever, Marc Jacobs, and Adidas. We now want to use our knowledge to help solve important problems. 


Mira Nameth (with our Dutch partners), Drew Burrow, Jordan Berkowitz, Hannah Van Den Bergh, Kenny Arnold, and Tomi Laukkanen

Why support us?

With your help, we hope to raise £5000 to help fund our pilot machinery, to make the first 500 m2 of our truly sustainable Treekind material! We already have interest from brands and designers who want to try it. 

Please back our project by selecting an amount or a reward at the top right of this page! Then, please help spread the word by sharing our campaign.

Thank you!


Leather artisan working with Treekind, making sample shoes



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

£5 Grass roots support

Are you an eco-warrior on a budget? Pledge support at our introductory level and earn your place in our League of Supporters!

£15 or more

£15 Strong Roots - Tree Planting

Want to do good while supporting our mission? Together with Treemendo, we will plant one tree per Strong Roots Pledge, to help plant native plants and reforest the UK. Because the fulfillment is estimated for Dec 15, 2020, this could also be a great Christmas/Holiday gift.

£30 or more

7 of 50 claimed

£30 Branch Out - Keychain

Dangle your keys in sustainable style and jingle away with our specially made keychains.

£40 or more

8 of 50 claimed

£40 Bud Bracelet

A bracelet made from Treekind Leaf Leather – because you are one of our buds. Also a nice Christmas/Holiday gift!

£70 or more

6 of 50 claimed

£70 Two Buds Bracelet

Two bracelets made from Treekind Leaf Leather – one for you, one for a friend! Also works as Christmas/Holiday gifts!

£300 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£300 Green Thumbs Maker Session (London)

Make your own wallet or belt together with a leather worker.

£1,000 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£1000 Eco Ally (1 of 5)

Help bring our vision to life by supporting our pilot factory. You get naming rights to one of the machines!

£4,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£4000 Eco Game-changer (1 of 5)

Are you an environmental game changer? What better way than by supporting our pilot. We’ll emblazon your name on a plaque commemorating our pilot!

£20 or more

20 of 20 claimed

£20 Treekind Sample pack

Three 5x5cm samples of Treekind Leaf Leather. We recommend this especially to designers who want to get a sense for the material.

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