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This California Materials Innovator Made a 100% Plant-Based Topcoat for Vegan Leather


von Holzhausen, a material innovations company known for making bamboo ­based Banbū Leather, which was offered as a Tesla upholstery upgrade, has found a way to protect vegan leathers "without the plastic". Since 2015, founder Vicki von Holzhausen, a veteran of the auto industry who designed luxury cars for Mercedes-Benz and Audi, has been working to create leather and plastic replacements largely from natural, carbon-negative materials. Thursday's announcement marks the first fruit of this labor: a first-of-its-kind that's made entirely of plants. 


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