What is Malai?
Malai is a biocomposite material that is made from an entirely natural bacterial cellulose grown on agricultural waste sourced from the coconut industry in South India. Malai is produced in Kerala, quite literally the ‘land of coconuts’ and derives its name from the creamy flesh of the coconut.
- Free from toxic chemicals, Malai is compostable or recyclable.
- It is water resistant, strong, flexible and has a feel similar to veg tanned leather or natural made paper.
- It is a breathable material and unlikely to cause any allergies, intolerances or illnesses.
How Malai is made?
Waste coconut water and banana fibres (which would otherwise be dumped, causing soil degradation) are collected from local farmers and processing units.
The unprocessed/raw coconut water and banana fibres are repurposed to feed bacterial cellulose production. The bacterial cellulose used is also completely organic and sustainable.
The cellulose is in turn collected and refined to form the finished product - Malai vegan leather. 4000 litres of waste coconut water, the amount produced by a small-scale coconut processing unit in a single day, creates 320 sq. metres of Malai.
Provides additional income for coconut farmers.
Made from natural materials and free of plastics and harsh chemicals.
The sheets are coloured using natural dyes.
It is compostable and recyclable. It takes approximately 150 days to decompose.
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