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Apr 12, 2001

Apple has announced a new textile it's calling "FineWoven," which is made of 68 percent post-consumer content and is overall more environmentally friendly compared to the company's previous line of leather accessories. Apple confirmed it will no longer use leather for new Apple accessories, starting today.


FineWoven Apple Watch bands will be available for purchase, along with a collection of all new Hermés bands and new Nike bands. All of these new Apple Watch band accessories were made with sustainability in mind.

Article Link: Apple Announces 'FineWoven' Material, Will No Longer Make Leather Accessories
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macrumors 6502a
Jun 7, 2017
Good Ol' US of A
"We have decided to completely remove the option of choice. You will buy what we sell you or you'll have to go elsewhere! It saves the environment and is climate friendly."

Saves the environment = saves money, makes our investors pat themselves on the back in their megayachts and private jets.
Climate friendly = it still comes in a cardboard box you throw away immediately after opening.

Bummer, because Apple always had the best MagSafe cases. Double bummer, because this is just passing the buck onto third party leather accessory makers, who will now see their sales increase by factors of 10, spreading climate hazards thin so you can't see them. Nomad, BlackBrook, etc.


macrumors 6502
Apr 3, 2010
If you’re gonna kill a cow anyway, you might as well make a watch strap or phone case out of the leftovers.
Leather is a form of recycling. (It’s surprising how many people don’t realize that even the highest and leathers are using the leftovers of agriculture.)

Pleather will always turn into pure waste and isn’t biodegradable. Awful move from Apple here, pandering to ignorance.


macrumors member
Oct 5, 2020
When they stop being delicious, and useful (milk, meat, leather) and when alternatives are proven to be safe, economical and not worse for the planet.
Methane emissions are terrible for our collective future. That's not to mention the amount of water and land required to sustain cattle that takes away from other species. The reasons you've listed show a preference for an industry that is fundamentally destructive. So, suggesting that a solution needs to be economical is ignorant of the costs associated with maintaining the status quo.
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