With the ability to be machined and installed like wood veneer and with the density of red oak, recycled leather is an alternative that is suitable for a variety of commercial and residential applications including furniture, cabinet doors, floors and wall paneling, says Christain Nadeau, president.
Nadeau, a former attorney, came up with the concept of working with recycled leather for flooring applications at dinner one day. EcoDomo, based in Rockfield, MD, was later started in 2005 after six years were spent developing the concept and working on R&D.
It is a green product made from approximately 70% pre-consumer recycled material - reclaimed leather from tanneries that manufacture high-end car seats and handbags.
EcoDomo has three recycled leather veneer collections: Echelon, Rainforest and the recently introduced Andeline. The growing popularity of its reclaimed leather as a wood veneer alternative allowed the company to grow sales in spite of the bad economy for the past few years, says Nadeau. A few of the large orders that were canceled in the heart of the downturn have recently been reactivated.
The company has worked with more than 5,000 architects and designers across North America and is looking for more ways to increase volume and expand its product lines.
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