Sidra | Apple leather

vegan apple-based leather alternative

Colour: 001 - yellow
Product information "Sidra | Apple leather"

Sidra is a bio-based alternative to real leather. It is made with about 40 % apple ingredients. The apples are pressed after harvesting and processed into juice. The derivatives of this process are pulverised and are then used to make Sidra.

This apple leather has a pleasant soft feel with a matt surface. It is well to work with (please note the following processing instructions) and excellent to emboss. In addition, it can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Recommendations for processing

We recommend the use of hot glue for processing. When using dispersion adhesives, a strong adhesive glue, e.g. Planatol AD 94/5b, should be used. In addition, at approx. 0.6mm, the material is stronger than a classic cloth, so that turning-in and pressing duration must be adjusted accordingly. To verify that the material is suitable for bookbinding purposes, we had it tested by a professional menu card manufacturer. In addition, we have established in our own tests with our hardcover machines that if the parameters, such as adhesive adhesion, application thickness and pressure, are correct, the material can be processed very well. An industrial bookbinder ran Sidra on his fully automated Kolbus DA260 case-making machine, which worked without any problems.

The material is also fantastic for blind embossing; due to the pressure and heat, the embossed areas change colour, similar to real leather; this effect is particularly effective with light colours. On our sample card, customers can see a sample blind embossing on the colour "007 - apple green". In addition, we have carried out test series with gold and silver foils, which all turned out very positively. In summary, we can say that the material is generally very well suited for embossing. We have provided a photo of a blind embossing of each colour as the first image for the respective colour.

Other remarks:

  • Application: for high-quality book covers, photo books, photo albums, menus, boxes etc.
  • Order quantities up to 5 metres are excluded from return and exchange!
  • Cutting service: On request, we will gladly cut the goods to your specifications at a reasonable price. Cut goods are also excluded from return and exchange!
  • On request, we can also supply this product with a roll width of 140 cm. Minimum purchase depending on availability 25 or 50 running metres. Please inquire.
Properties of "Sidra | Apple leather"
Format: on rolls
Roll length (in m): 25
Thickness in mm: 0.68
Width (in mm): 700
Surface & Texture
Surface: matt
Texture: smooth
Grammage: 250 gsm
Material: approx. 40% apple, approx. 60% polyester and polyurethane
Paper backing: no
pH value: 6.31
Finished products
Finished products: book covers, photobooks, photo albums, menus, diaries, packagings
Other properties
Category: Imitation leather, Vegan leather
Ecological features: UV resistant, dyed with natural pigments, hard-wearing, vegan, wipeable
Finishing / Printability: Hot-foil stamping, Blind embossing
Minimum order quantity: as of 1 linear meter

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February 27, 2023 11:07

Great Leather Alternative

I've contacted Schemdt's team asking for a recommendation of a material that could replace leather and that was nice to the touch. I wanted to make some journals and they recommended me Sidra. I have to say it is an amazing material to work with! It surprised me very positively. It was easy to cut and to apply on the boards for making the covers. It was also very easy to make blind tooling with it with a hot typeset. Another positive aspect for me was that the material is very nice to the touch, which made the journal notebooks very nice to handle (and that was the main property I was looking for). I will definitely continue working with this material on next projects.

August 17, 2023 08:24

Wundervolle Lederalternative

Wir waren schon einige Zeit auf der Suche nach einer veganen Alternative zu Leder, das sich gut beprägen lässt und sich zeitgleich aber schön geschmeidig anfühlt. Mit dem Apfelleder Sidra haben wir das perfekte Produkt gefunden! Die Farben sind sehr schön, es lässt sich sehr gut verarbeiten, Ecken lassen sich auch wunderbar für Runde Ecken einziehen und Prägungen werden auch sehr schön - sowohl blind, als auch mit Folie. Wir sind begeistert und unsere Kunden auch!

March 31, 2023 08:54

Just Like Leather!

We created a photoalbum using the Sidra Apple leather in pink. A lovely material to work with. Embossed beautifully.

February 23, 2023 14:19

Tolles Veganes Leder

Das Apfelleder sieht toll aus, alle Farben (ich hatte die Musterkarte bestellt) sind sehr schön und stimmig. Die Haptik ist hochwertig. Ich habe gerade erst angefangen damit zu arbeiten, aber ich kann schon sagen, es lässt sich sehr gut schneiden, kleben und lochen.

September 11, 2023 08:20

Gut, aber…

An sich bin ich zufrieden mit dem Material. Ich habe es gekauft, weil ich es ausprobieren wollte und wissen wollte, wie es zu verarbeiten ist. Prägen mit Hitze funktioniert ganz wunderbar und es fühlt sich auch sehr schön an! Man kann auch mit normalem Buchleim arbeiten, wenn man das möchte, das ist an kleineren Flächen nur etwas tricky, weil es nicht gut am Kunstleder zu kleben scheint - aber wenn es einmal getrocknet ist, dann hält es auch! Generell denke ich, dass viele kleinere Probleme gelöst werden können, wenn man sich einmal an das Produkt gewöhnt hat. Mein größtes Problem mit Sidra ist, dass es nicht flach zu liegen scheint. Sobald es verklebt ist sehe ich auf der Oberfläche Unebenheiten, die vorher nicht da waren. Das ist etwas besser geworden, nachdem ich das Material in eine andere Richtung geschnitten habe, aber ist nicht vollständig weg gegangen. Außerdem scheint es relativ empfindlich zu sein. Ich werde weiter damit experimentieren und schauen, ob sich manche meiner Probleme durch Wahl von anderem Material beheben lassen, aber momentan bin ich etwas weniger zufrieden, als ich gehofft hatte. Gleichzeitig denke ich aber, dass es leichter zu verarbeiten ist, als anderes Kunstleder und je nachdem was man für sein Projekt will, ist es absolut eine gute Alternative.

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Coller des morceaux dessus devrait fonctionner avec la colle appropriée qui adhère au synthétique (par exemple Planatol AD 94/5B - Si vous souhaitez recouvrir entièrement un livre d'une couche supplémentaire, je ne peux pas imaginer que cela pourrait être esthétique.
aufgrund des PU-Anteils ist das Produkt nicht recyclebar oder biologisch abbaubar. Der ökologische Ansatz bei diesem Produkt ist, dass es durch die Nutzung von Abfällen aus der Apfelindustrie ressourcenschonend für die Umwelt ist und somit eine klimafreundlichere Alternative.
Die CO2-Belastung dieses Upcycling-Lederimitats wird im Vergleich zu Kunstleder, dass zu 100% aus fossilen Brennstoffen oder Kunstoffen besteht, erheblich reduziert. Für 1 Kilogramm Apfelreste werden 5,3 Kilogramm CO2 eingespart.
thank you for your request.
The material does not have a grain as known from paper products, but it has a different in stretchabillity.
Therfore you can say the material is similar with long grain (Stretch direction)

Your Schmedt Team
Wir empfehlen für die Verarbeitung die Verwendung von Heißleim. Bei der Verwendung von Kaltleim (Dispersionsklebstoffen) sollte ein starkklebender Leim, wie z.B. Planatol AD 94/5b, verwendet werden. Planatol BB würden wir nicht empfehlen, könnte aber auch funktionieren.
Our apple leather Sidra has been specifically developed for bookbinding. It is thin enough to not need any skiving/thinning out before processing and conveniently comes on rolls. There are other vegan (apple) leather alternatives that are good alternatives for other applications such as clothing, footwear and accessories.
Our apple leather Sidra is quite durable and resistant to wear and tear. It is also water-resistant and can be wiped clean easily. We have tested it together with menu card producers who approve of the material.
Vegan apple leather is a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional leather. Vegan leather does not involve the use of animals in any way, making it a more ethical choice for those who are concerned about animal welfare. Furthermore, the production of and coloring of traditional leather can be harmful to the environment, while apple leather is made from approx. 40% apple waste and approx. 60% synthetic materials that are less harmful.
Hi! It is a synthetic leather (not animal leather), so we would not recommend thinning it out. But this is also not required at all. We have tested the product by making books and menu cards and the material works, thickness is not an issue.

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