As a new, environmentally-friendly material, organic silicone is an important component of many sustainable materials such as, in this case, leather-effect silicone.
Pure silicone is combined with a ultra-fine fiber substrate. It's particularly suitable for baby and children's products as it uses solvent-free technology. Afters years of development work it was first patented by our manufacturer in the Summer of 2020, with the OEKO-TEX 100/1 certification secured the following summer.
The textile is classified under Product class 1. This product class includes products for babies and has the strictest requirements and limit values.
It has the advantages of breathability, water resistance, weather resistance, environmental protection, flame resistance, easy cleaning, abrasion resistance, and resistance to twists and turns.
It has all the visual interest, texture and warmth that we love in leather, and the textile's internal strength is greatly increased due to the outstanding performance of silicone. Simply put, it blows all kinds of ordinary leather out of the water, excusing the pun ;)
Our mats use the same material on both sides, with an anti-slip treatment on the underside, which has no further chemicals or materials added to it.
The pigment is added at source and it's fade resistant so it won't become discoloured over time.
Our textile is sustainably sourced, produced and manufactured in small batches in South Korea.
It is 100% recyclable- but in practice, with respect for circularity wherever possible, we like to consider it is made to be remade.
As a brand believe our products should not come at the expense of the people making them, animals, or the the planet.
Of course the most sustainable thing we can do is buy or produce less. But on the basis that our products fundamentally make our customers life better and solve a problem, they are having a positive impact on the world. But we are committed to producing them as sustainably as possible.
Our Vegan Leather is made of our patented innovative silicone fabric . We use examined all manner of alternative innovative and sustainable materials such as apple based Pela Mela, pineapple leaves which makes Pinatex, and even a mushroom hybrid leather. However, on closer inspection they couldn't off the high level of robustness and durability needed for our use cases. By not producing with vinyl or PLU based materials, we have chosen to work with a textile that is less harmful to the environment, and of course it does not involve the farming of animals.
Other upsides of Vegan Leather is that it requires little maintenance in comparison to genuine leather, and does not crack or fade easily. Our Vegan Leather is also 100% water-resistant, fade proof, and does not grow mold like genuine leather.
Most importantly, no animals are harmed in the production process of our Vegan Leather.
The mats are designed in Switzerland and work with a team of talented product and textile developers at our production facilities in Korea to create and develop products using our signature vegan leather. We also use our mats constantly in our daily lives to further improve on the design and quality of our products.
We strive to one day be a truly global brand that is performance based, creative, aesthetic and conscious.
Thank you for supporting a brand with a cause, and being part of our mission to bring creativity into the everyday - paymats for life!
Caring for your mat
The mats can be easily cleaned with water, or soapy water. The are compatible with household cleaners. If using bleach dilute the solution to 1/10. Use washable children's paints and pigments where possible. Apply light pressure to remove remaining pigment from the texture. In the case of glue or varnish wait until dry and peel away.
Mats may have some slight creases due to being folded for transportation, these will fade once laid flat or hung for a few hours.
The following is likely to damage your mat snd is not covered by the 2 year guarantee:
- sharp objects, such as knives, used directly on your mat
- excess point-loads such as thin narrow heels or narrow chair legs upon them. Use pads on chair legs where possible.
- Sharp edged objects falling from a height may damage the mat
- Do not use super glue on your mat. Wood and craft/ paper glue is however compatible.
In the case of small rips due to exposure to sharp objects use a glue to repair. Silicone-based products such as silicone glue are also suitable for localised repairs.
Wait until mat has dried off before laying on the table or floor.
For more extensive details on how to manage your textile see this blog post.