material care & composting
Malai is a very user-friendly material. Due to its entirely natural composition it is sensitive to humidity, much like paper or leather. To ensure it remains at its best we suggest applying a thin layer of polishing wax (either a clear shoe polish or a furniture grade wax), or coconut oil (to continue Malai’s completely vegan credentials) to the surface to ensure it remains moisturized. This is especially advisable during hot, dry weather or after cleaning.
Yup, don’t panic if you spill something on your Malai or if it becomes dirty. It can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and left to air-dry (although it won’t survive a trip through the washing machine). We advise against drying with intense heat or ironing, as this may cause damage. Once dried, applying beeswax (see above) will help restore it to its original condition.
Although tough by nature and designed to retain its good condition for many years, Malai will eventually start to break down. We cannot predict the rate at which this will happen because it is very specific to its treatment and environment. Although we do not operate a repair service, should damage occur please contact us and we will endeavour to suggest how it can be fixed.
When you feel your Malai product has reached the end of its lifecycle it can be disposed of in your compost bin. Simply remove all the metal trimmings/ zippers, shred or cut the material into smaller pieces (we recommend 3x3cm) and mix into your compost. Make sure your compost is properly hydrated, has the right temperature range and most importantly – that it’s alive !
It will biodegrade in compost in 90-120 days (climatic conditions dependent).