Finding Natural Colorants For Vegan Rice Leather And Asif Ali Gohar


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We all know that Asif Ali Gohar has created vegan rice skin that allows more of us to access skins and not worry about their effect on the environment. As part of the process, they are making leather in different colors, and in order to do this and maintain the same environmental protection standards and reduce the effects of the industry, they have to be environmentally safe colors. I have started the project of finding additional ways to paint the skin and new colors to use.

The first consideration is to find things that grow naturally and add color. So I'm looking at flowers, plants, agricultural crops, vegetables, anything I can to add a natural color. For each of them I am researching the effects that this source has on the environment, what resources are needed to grow it, if it is a perennial plant and will continue to grow every year or if it needs a new seed every harvest. .

Another possible alternative is to find waste products from other processes or companies that use these elements. Companies that make baby carrots will peel and shape them, and the pieces that are removed will be used for other purposes. It is possible that these could be used within the manufacturing process to add color to the rice husk. This also opens up the possibility that flower cuttings, both stems and flowers that did not bloom properly. These scraps often end up in compost, but perhaps some of them can also be used for our purposes.

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If we can use scraps and waste from other industries or processes, we can create new colors of rice leather without expanding our carbon footprint. Shipping and transportation will be the only added damage to the environment, and by collecting locally with a vehicle we can limit that as well.

Creating an environmentally friendly product does not include just one part of the process or one of the raw materials. It is all broad and requires that all raw materials are safe for the environment, all must meet established standards and the waste produced by adding these colors must not be harmful in the same way that the waste generated today is safe for disposal. . Now that I've found some sources that can work, we'll look at how we can get the source color onto the skin most effectively, whether it's water, pressure, or drying and creating a powder. Once this and the most effective and efficient method is tested, we can move forward with almost infinite skin colors and shades. Mixing colors and fonts is the next step, then determining if it is possible to paint some areas and not others, making patterns within the material.


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