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7% of Mangos are Wasted in Supermarkets. We Turn Them into Your Everyday Bags.

with great care for you and the planet.

“The Wish-Granting Trees”

Originated over 5,000 years ago in the Hindo-Berma region, mango is deeply rooted in the culture across East and South Asia. It is said that Buddha himself rested and meditated with his fellow monks in the peaceful tranquility of lush mango groves. The fruit has historically been revered as symbols of life and happiness. In Sanskrit, mangos are also referred to as the kalpavriksha, “the wish-granting trees”. Beginning around 300 or 400 A.D., mango seeds traveled from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America.

Journey Across the Seas

In 2018, global production of mangoes was 55.4 million tons, led by India with 39% of the world total. China and Thailand were the next largest producers.

Mangos found in western markets are primarily imported. In 2017, world mango imports totaled $2.8 billion, with the U.S.(23.2%), Netherland (9.9%), and Germany (7%) being the largest importers.

More than 35% of Mangos Produced Are Wasted

Mango harvesting presents its unique problems. The fruit is inedible before ripening and turns squish very fast, so harvesting and transportation is highly time sensitive. Each mango needs to be harvested by hand, stored with utmost care, and transported to destinations as soon as possible. Just imagine the challenges in transporting a squish fruit from Thailand to Germany! It is estimated that more than 30% of mangos are wasted during harvesting and transportation.

Once mangos reach the grocery stores, their shelf life is very short. A Swedish study shows that 7% of mangos are discarded by grocery markets due to defects, over ripeness, and many times just not good-looking enough to be picked by consumers. It is among the most wasted fruits in supermarkets.

From Discarded Mango to Your Leather Bag

Rich in natural fiber even in over ripeness stage, mango makes great source for making elastic and durable materials. Through partnerships, we collect discarded mangos from supermarkets, shred them down into “smoothie”, and turn the entire fruit into sheets through an eco-friendly process. With help of water-based PU as binding agent, the juicy fruit is transformed into strong leather-like materials that’s ready to be shaped and conditioned.

What’s the disadvantage of this process? It depends on the seasonality of the fruit, or how much mangoes are consumed! But hey, we’d prefer you get all the nutrition from the fruit than us dealing with it. However, it’s good to have this as a backup, isn’t it?

Source: Mango Organization, Agriexchange, ScienceDirect, Science Nordic
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