A leather bag made from fruit waste!

The Fruit Leather Rotterdam project, which is the brainchild of a collective of designers studying at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, found that about 3,500 kg (7,700 lb) of unsellable fruits and vegetables are thrown away on an average day at the city's largest outdoor market, which vendors must pay to dispose of. According to the project's website, having to pay to get rid of the unusable produce leads some vendors to illegally dump it instead, which causes additional issues.

The team came up with an alternative use for at least some of these spoiled fruits by processing them into a new material, a "fruit leather" that could be used for a variety of applications, including making bags or furniture, and perhaps even clothing.

"By producing this on large scale with the unsellable fruits from the market, a new kind of material is created. This material can be used in many different ways, creating many different products. We ourselves have created a bag design made completely out of the fruitleather material. The bag shows the quality and possibilities that fruitleather has to offer as a material."

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