Every LEAF is unique. Of course, we have fixed product and production standards.
However, as the uniqueness of our LEAFs and the handmade production were important aspects in the development of these standards, differences are even intended. And last but not least, each leaf is individual, so no two grains are alike.
Yes, 100%! We reject the use of all animal products out of rational and ethical conviction. Rationally, because animal products are always associated with great waste due to superfluous intermediate products. Ethically, as the extraction of animal products is associated with unjustifiable suffering of the animals as well as many people working in this industry. We also work with PETA and have all our LEAFs “PETA Approved Vegan” certified. For more insight into how our LEAFs are made, see “Our Material”.
We develop our LEAFs in close cooperation with our production partners. We work with them on product and production specifications and have built strong and sustainable partnerships over the years.
During development, we attach great importance to a functional, well thought-out and appealing design. It is also important to us that the individual blade structures and the natural grain of the blade surface take centre stage in the creation and subsequent production process. This makes each of our LEAFs unmistakably unique.
Of course, we are also in constant contact with other BELEAFERs and exchange ideas for new products.
You can send us your wishes and ideas via the contact form.
Leaf leather is an innovative material that has not yet been widely used. That is why we attach great importance to our partnerships and thus to their important production experience. At the moment, we find the highest quality and fairest production processes with manufacturers in Asia. Optimal climatic conditions also prevail there, so that healthy tree plantations can be operated without increasing the use of resources. Of course, we understand the concerns when companies have their products produced in this region. And that is precisely why we attach great importance to ensuring that all our suppliers comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct. We work closely with all suppliers to ensure that their workers are treated well and that environmental protection and social responsibility are taken seriously. We also pay attention to various certificates, e.g. the OTOP certification to support structurally weak regions. You can find out more about the production under “Our material”.
From time to time, your demand for LEAFs may exceed our current production capacity. We also want to organise our logistics as sustainably as possible, so maximum availability of all variants is not our top priority.
Either you discover one of the other leaf colours for yourself or you register on our waiting list and we will notify you as soon as the desired leaf colour is available again. This should not take longer than 2-4 weeks.
The basis of every LEAF is the leaf of the teak tree. These have long been an established all-rounder in various regions of the world. Teak leaves serve as plates, roof tiles, seat covers and much more. Of course, our leaf leather is more than stitched teak leaves: our leaf leather is a layering of teak leaves as the main component, cellulose as a thin backing material and a wafer-thin layer of synthetic wax as a sealer. Leaf leather combines sustainability, great robustness and light weight. But above all, each leaf is unique. And so your LEAF is unique too. Learn more about the material here.
You can imagine the feel of our innovative leaf material similar to conventional animal leather – only better! In the first few weeks, your LEAF is still quite stiff and will become supple and soft-leathery with use and time. Your LEAF also adapts to your individual needs and expands slightly according to the number of cards you carry. Also, over time, the structure of the leaf becomes more and more pronounced, so that you can truly feel the leaf.
That’s right, for every LEAF sold, we plant a tree together with our partner ‘Trees for the Future’. Every month we donate the corresponding amount and receive a detailed evaluation of our donations including certifications. So simple, so effective. But actually you do much more with your order!
With your order you support our partners at ‘Trees for the Future’, who have made it their mission to positively and sustainably change the living standards in needy villages through regenerative agriculture. Trees for the Future achieves this by improving the livelihoods of impoverished farmers through the revitalisation of infertile land through a five-year Forest Garden Program. The ‘Forest Garden Program’ is a replicable and scalable funding approach with proven success. Visit https://trees.org/ to learn more about Trees for the Future and the Forest Garden Program.
By using leaf leather, we replace the animal and the associated production steps in the leather production chain and thus address key challenges related to industrial animal farming:
1. for a sustainable society: around 11% of the world’s population is starving. A major cause of this is the high use of resources in animal production. These resources are often taken from developing countries and are accordingly lacking locally. The animal products produced are then exported back to the developing countries at dumping prices, thus damaging the local economy.
2. to combat climate change: worldwide, industrial livestock farming is responsible for about 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans. This includes both animal husbandry and the intensive clearing of forests for the cultivation of animal feed.
3. for a healthy environment: In order to produce leather from animal skin, it has to be tanned. This process uses toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, which are often discharged unfiltered into natural waters. In addition, animal leather production is often outsourced to developing countries, where workers come into direct contact with harmful substances.
4. for animal welfare: starting with the extremely precarious conditions in which animals are kept and then transported to slaughter, there is the slaughter itself. All over the world, animals are still slaughtered without anaesthesia and skinned alive to make leather.
Trees are the superheroes in the fight for nature and environmental protection:
1. for the CO2 balance: trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere in the process of photosynthesis and split the CO2 into carbon (C) and oxygen (O). The carbon (C) is stored to build biomass and the oxygen is released back into the atmosphere. Removing carbon from the atmosphere is considered a key measure to combat climate change. The oxygen released by trees forms the basis of life for us living beings. Depending on species, light intensity, soil conditions or age, a tree produces up to 50,000 m³ of oxygen daily – this is enough oxygen for about 50 people.
2. For the environment: Trees provide animals with a habitat, food and shelter. In addition, trees shape landscapes. They promote rainfall, store water, provide shade, strengthen soils and supply them with nutrients. At the same time, trees filtrate pollutants such as fine dust, spores or bacteria from the atmosphere and purify groundwater.
3. for society: by supplying important nutrients and water, trees make soils fertile and thus stimulate local agriculture or make it possible again. Stable agriculture is often the livelihood of a region and boosts the economy. In addition, tree planting projects also create jobs.
Payment & Shipping
– Payment by credit card
– Payment by PayPal
– Payment by PayPal Express
– Payment on account
Additionally we offer the possibility of a bank transfer. Please note that we can only prepare your LEAFerung for dispatch as soon as we have registered your transfer.
We pack in Hamburg and deliver to the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Are you currently outside these countries or would you like to send a LEAF as a gift to someone there? If so, our customer support team will be happy to help. Write us your request and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Domestic deliveries (Germany): We charge a flat rate of 3,90€ per order. From an order value of 20,00€ we deliver free of charge.
Deliveries abroad: We charge shipping costs abroad at a flat rate of 7,00€. From an order value of 70,00€ we deliver free of shipping costs.
The respective shipping costs will of course be shown visibly in the total costs before you complete your order.
Are you currently outside these countries or would you like to send a LEAF as a gift to someone there? In that case, our customer support will be happy to help you. Write us your request and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Unless otherwise stated in the offer, your order will be ready for dispatch within 3 working days of receipt of payment. Then it usually takes only 2-3 working days and your delivery is with you!
We do our best to process your order as quickly as possible, but of course we can only exert limited influence on our logistics partner. As soon as your package has been handed over to our logistics partner for dispatch, you will receive a dispatch confirmation from us by e-mail.
In keeping with the standards we have set for our LEAFs, we also design our packaging to be minimalist and environmentally friendly, without sacrificing quality or design.
No. BELEAF is an emerging sustainability label with a mission to establish leaf leather as a high-quality alternative to animal leather. In order to achieve this in an ecologically sustainable, efficient and large-scale manner, we are currently focusing our resources on online retail. If you want to learn more about the effects on our climate of online retail, especially compared to brick-and-mortar retail, here is an interesting study by the German CleanTech Institute (DCTI) for you:
(Small teaser: As always, it’s more complex than you think and in many cases (including BELEAF), online shopping is less climate damaging than brick-and-mortar retail).
But don’t worry, if you received a LEAF as a gift shortly after your order (or if the LEAF doesn’t meet your expectations), you naturally have the right to an exchange or cancellation. And you never know what the future will bring. Simply register for our newsletter and stay up-to-date.
Revocation & Exchange
A 2-year warranty is provided from the date of purchase. Use under normal conditions and use for the intended purpose is a prerequisite.
Use as a razor blade case, for example, can unfortunately not be taken into account here. Or if more cards than recommended are inserted or the LEAF is taken to a lake for a game of water polo, the product may become deformed and the seams as well as the material may be excessively stressed.
Our warranty only covers manufacturing and material defects. It does not apply if the damage is due to improper use or neglect.
The BELEAF guarantee complies with the Consumer Protection Act.
Of course we are still there for you after your purchase.
We set high quality standards in our production and are very precise in our quality controls. However, it can happen that we miss something. If a LEAF is damaged, if we send you the wrong product or if it is damaged in transit, you can return it within 14 days (from the date of purchase).
If you change your mind (it can happen to all of us) or it wasn’t the right gift, please contact us and we’ll be happy to take it back within 14 days and refund the purchase price. However, there are a few small things to bear in mind:
In the case of a product cancellation, the return shipping costs are on the side of the buyer with consideration for our environment. In this way, we want to raise awareness of delivery routes and thus minimise the number of returns. In addition, we save an enormous amount of paper by not enclosing the return label with each individual package, as it produces superfluous waste if not used.
If you have paid with Paypal, you can have your return costs refunded by Paypal up to 12 times a year. You can find all the information here.
We advise you to use insured shipping. On the one hand, you can track your return. On the other hand, your shipment is insured by your shipping company in case of loss.
Once we have received your return, the amount will be credited back to the account from which the purchase was made. All items must be returned in their original condition and packaging.
In any case, please contact us via the returns form and follow the instructions described there. Please check your inbox regularly (including spam) so that we can contact you regarding the return.
You can find all further information on the applicable right of withdrawal in our withdrawal policy.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to give a general answer to this question, because it depends on when we receive your return. From the time we receive your return, you can expect 24 – 48 hours for your new delivery to be on its way to you.
The best way to cancel your order is to send us an e-mail via our contact form. Please include your order number. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.