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What is Malai?


Malai is a newly developed leather like material made from bacterial cellulose, grown on agricultural waste sourced from the coconut industry in Southern India. The word ‘Malai’ refers directly to the creamy flesh of the coconut and it is the coconut water (a by-product from the harvesting of this flesh) that sustains the bacteria whilst they are producing the cellulose, which is then in turn collected and refined until it becomes the finished material: Malai. 

Malai is fully compostable and will biodegrade in compost in 90-120 days ( depending on climatic conditions).Nothing in the material composition will prevent it from returning to nature and eventually becoming a soil nutrient.

Malai is a material with character. We make Malai material in a variety of thicknesses, colours and finishes. We can produce it in sheets and we have also developed a process whereby we can create seamless three dimensional objects using a moulding technique.

Malai sheets are produced in 3 weights : 500 gsm, 650 gsm and 800 gsm.