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Tina Funder

CEO | Alt. Leather

Tina is an award-winning creative director with 18 years of global advertising experience, working on strategic, multinational campaigns for some of the largest corporations across Europe, the Middle East and Australia. A natural problem solver, Tina’s expertise lies in building successful teams to bring exceptional projects to life, including her most recent start-up Alt. Leather.

Whilst researching the leather industry and existing alternatives on the market, Tina identified a gap in the market for petrochemical-plastic-free leather alternatives, which triggered the quest to develop an Australian-made material that ticks all boxes for product designers worldwide. With Australia’s rich agricultural landscape and access to world-class scientific research institutes, Tina decided to dive into the research and development of Alt. Leather.

Alt. Leather is Australia’s first 100% plant-based leather alternative turning waste streams and regenerative plants into a material for application across fashion, footwear, furniture and automotive. We are developing the most sustainable leather alternative possible in terms of ingredient inputs, quality, ethical transparent supply chains and circularity.

Tina will be speaking at the Conversations in the City stream ‘The XX Factor: Cultivating Change through Ethical Investment’ on Friday, 2nd of August.