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What you need to know about Authentic Material

What differentiates your Natural Composite range from other natural based composites on the market ?

Several points differentiate us :
  • High rate of natural material (waste/discarded material) : making possible to recycle in large quantities and consequently increase the naturality of the material
  • Bio sourced polymers of vegetal origin
  • Limited number of components in the formulation : waste + polymer

These choices allow to achieve a high level of naturality.
What differentiates your Natural Composite range from other natural based composites on the market ?


What does “material naturality” mean ?

It corresponds to the quantity of natural material inside final material. It is calculated based on the sourcing of each components.

Two examples of formulation :
  • 50% wood waste combined with 70% of bio sourced polymer : 50% + (50% x 70%) = 85%
  • 40% leather waste combined with 100% of bio sourced polymer : 40% + (60% x 100%) = 100%
What does “material naturality” mean ?


In what form do you need to collect unexploited/discarded leather ?

We can work from slips, cutting scraps, overstocks, or skins that have not passed quality control for instance. We are also starting to work with leather from unsold products.
In what form do you need to collect unexploited/discarded leather ?


Can you process all leathers ? Are there sorting recommendations ?

Yes, we can work with animal origins and tannings. It is mandatory to isolate batches of leather by tanning.

Concerning animal species, a sorting by breeding at least is appreciated (ovine, cattle, exotic).
Can you process all leathers ? Are there sorting recommendations ?


Can you work on colors ?

Yes. The color of the output material depends on the color of the input material. It will be close, but slightly darker.

If possible, sorting by color beforehand is desired.

Please note that for the Natural Composite range, we can work with natural coloring pigments to modify the rendering.
Can you work on colors ?


Is your material competing with leather ? Can it substitute to leather ?

The materials produced are not intended to replace genuine materials such as full-grain leather. Authentic Material offers new materials which are not made for the same applications. The aim is to create value out of wastes through new applications and new properties.

For specific cases, the Natural Composite range can replace leather crust, for example for leathergoods reinforcements.
Is your material competing with leather ? Can it substitute to leather ?


Can you work the textiles ?

Yes, 100% natural textiles, i.e. : silk, linen, wool, cashmere…As soon as they are mixed with non-natural materials Authentic Material can’t process them.
Can you work the textiles ?


What textures can we achieve ?

They are numerous. Authentic Material can work on the formulation itself and on mold finishing.
What textures can we achieve ?


Do you provide materials or finished products ?

Authentic Material provides materials. However, note that materials can be molded to a final shape.
Do you provide materials or finished products ?


In what form do you deliver the materials ?

3 possibilities :
  • molded or injected materials ready to assemble
  • semi-finished materials ready for machining
  • injection compounds
In what form do you deliver the materials ?


Where can I find your materials ?

By contacting us. Authentic Material develops tailor-made materials on demand.
Where can I find your materials ?


If I have leather scraps (or other discarded natural material) that I don’t want recycle for my own activity, would you be interested ?

It depends on quality and quantity of material.
If I have leather scraps (or other discarded natural material) that I don’t want recycle for my own activity, would you be interested ?


Do you buy discarded materials from your clients ? What are financial flows ?

Authentic Material doesn’t buy waste from clients. Clients customers pay Authentic Material to develop custom-made formulations, which is an initial investment. In a second step, clients pay for material production. The price depends on the volume.
Do you buy discarded materials from your clients ? What are financial flows ?


I don’t have any discarded materials but I would like to develop a product in compliance with our marketing and environmental strategy. Is that possible ?

Yes. Authentic Material can source unexploited materials and guarantee traceability.
I don’t have any discarded materials but I would like to develop a product in compliance with our marketing and environmental strategy. Is that possible ?


Can you work from unsold leathergoods ?

Yes. Authentic Material has a partner able to manually disassemble leather goods products: ReValorem. However, Authentic Material is studying the technical feasibility of an automated disassembly machine.
Can you work from unsold leathergoods ?


Can you explain your forming technologies for each range ?

For the Original range, Authentic Material designed a special machine using heat and pressure to transform natural material into homogeneous material.   

For the Natural Composite range, Authentic Material produces the material in the form of granules (or compounds). These granules can be shaped with plastics technologies, such as injection... Authentic Material has its own equipment, and can work with and support clients subcontractors.
Can you explain your forming technologies for each range ?


Where are the materials produced ?

In the Toulouse area (South West of France).
Where are the materials produced ?


I understood the environmental benefit, but is this alternative way going to cost more than buying « traditional” materials ?

Yes and no. Our material is more expensive than a petrobased one. It is a material with high added value. The cost is quickly balanced as Authentic Material solution has multiple positive impacts for the client :
  • Reduce storage, removal and destruction costs
  • Reduce new material purchase, replaced by those transformed by Authentic Material
  • Increase brand value (therefore sales)
  • Limit financial penalties related to the legislative framework (CSR)
I understood the environmental benefit, but is this alternative way going to cost more than buying « traditional” materials ?


Do you have technical data sheets for your materials ?

Yes, but… Authentic Material model is to design and produce tailor-made materials. As each material is different, we cannot have standard technical data sheets. Still, to enable customers to project themselves, Authentic Material has developed datasheets for each range and origin of materials.
Do you have technical data sheets for your materials ?


What is a plastic ?

“Any synthetic material based on the use of macromolecules and malleable by molding, forming, casting with the use of heat and pressure” (Delorme 1962).

This terminology commonly used in the industrial environment is an abuse of language, because it only refers to one characteristic of some polymers. Plastics belong to polymers class. Plastics are also often associated with the world of petrochemicals, but plastics can also be bio-based.
What is a plastic ?


What is a polymer ?

From a chemical outlook, it is a class of materials built of several macromolecules. Polymers are found in many materials.

The best known are : natural fibers, plastic materials, natural and artificial rubber (latex), glues, paints and resins.
What is a polymer ?


What’s difference between a bio sourced polymer and a biopolymer (performance wise) ?

Biopolymers are naturally present in living organism; these are natural fibers : protein, cellulose, starch…

A bio sourced polymer is a plastic material made from materials of natural origin (wholly or partly).

The more bio-sourced the polymer, the higher the cost.

Today, biopolymers do not compete with bio sourced polymers synthesized in laboratory (in terms of properties and mechanical performance) : these have been developed to provide properties that naturally do not exist.

Depending on use, bio sourced polymers can compete with synthetic polymers derived from petrochemicals.
What’s difference between a bio sourced polymer and a biopolymer (performance wise) ?


Are your materials recycled ?

Polymers used for Natural Composite range are thermoplastics, therefore recyclable.
Are your materials recycled ?


What do you mean by “recyclable” ?

Authentic Material means by this term, a characteristic of a product which can, at the end of its life, be reintroduced into the production cycle for replacing new raw material needed for manufacturing a product.
What do you mean by “recyclable” ?


What is a biodegradable material ?

It is a material that decomposes into various elements in a favorable environment (conditions of temperature, humidity, light, oxygen…) and under the action of micro-organisms (bacteria, fungus, algae). Biodegradability can be assessed in terms of the environment, the degree of decomposition and the time needed for it. A biodegradable product decomposes without any damaging effect on the environment.
What is a biodegradable material ?


Is a bio-based material biodegradable and vice versa ?

Bio sourced materials are not necessarily biodegradable. Biodegradable material are not necessarily bio sourced.
Is a bio-based material biodegradable and vice versa ?


Are your materials compostable ?

No, they’re not. A compostable product is also biodegradable. It is usually a product that decomposes in an industrial unit. This is done at temperatures between 70° and 80° with a humidity level around 70% and oxygen level around 20%. After several weeks of (bio)degradation, we obtain a product, the compost, which improves soils fertility.

Note that in homemade composters, degradation is slower because temperature and humidity conditions vary with weather conditions.
Are your materials compostable ?


Can you tell me about the polymers you use? are they compatible in terms of values with your approach?

The polymers that Authentic Material works with are high performance polymers, as opposed to the commodity polymers.

They come from biomass - in proportions of 30% to 100% - and from crops that do not compete with food supply, and are not genetically modified. They are recyclable, in the sense that they are reusable in the process.

They are durable in the sense of longevity of use, and light which generates less weight for equal performance and less CO2 for transport and use.
Can you tell me about the polymers you use? are they compatible in terms of values with your approach?