Two Guys in Mexico Just Created Vegan Leather from Cactus

The world needs to be saved from all the damage we cause on everyday basis. We can contribute to that by changing some bad habits like overuse of single-use plastic items that have literally polluted the whole planet and stop buying animal leather products that harm the animal world.

Fortunately, we can do that easily as there have been many inventions with that simple goal to do something to protect the world we live in. People have become aware of the great damage that we have caused to our planet and since that is our only home they are trying to replace harmful products with more environment-friendly alternatives.

Although this may be considered a small step, it is an important one as step by step we may reverse the damage we have caused.

Regarding our use of animal by-products like leather we can do something about it as there have been many inventions that can replace the animal leather. There have been many campaigns and projects lead by the groups of animal rights and most of them have been successful making people to stop using animal fur and leather.

This invention can easily replace the animal leather in furniture, fashion, leather goods, and automotive industries.

Desserto – Cactus Laether

Two young Mexican entrepreneurs, Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez, have created an alternative, biodegradable material that can be a great eco-alternative for a variety of harmful materials, starting from plastic to building materials and many others in between.

They have created Desserto, a product that can successful replace animal leather as it is sustainable, organic, flexible, breathable, durable (up to 10 years) and partially biodegradable.

This unique organic leather is made from the nopal cactus, and meets all the technical specifications the industry demands. 

These entrepreneurs have come up with the idea of using nopals as they are easily grown and not requiring water. Plus, they are largely available in the Mexican Republic.

López Velarde stated:

After two years of research and development, we managed to produce a suitable material that complies with the features and technical/mechanical specifications required by those industries that use animal or synthetic leather. Also, thanks to its organic composition, it is breathable, which makes cactus or nopal vegan leather similar to animal leather.”

Velarde described Desserto:

 “Desserto is a highly sustainable material, and its environmental footprint is not as big as animal leather. There is no intensive use of water and it is free of phthalates, toxic chemicals, and PVC. Also, its flexibility may result in production savings because it boosts the productivity of the production lines using it, and it is also a material offering touch and softness that is very similar to animal leather.”

He added:

The positive impact on the environment that our materials can have if incorporated into major production lines of the different industries mentioned before may result in a 32 to 42 percent reduction in plastic waste, depending on the version of our materials that is incorporated, and about 20 percent savings in water consumption. Currently, the volume used by the fashion industry alone is huge, almost 79 billion cubic meters, which is enough to fill almost 32 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

 If you assess the value for the world economy of the additional 39 billion cubic meters expected to be used annually by 2030, the result is 32 billion euro at stake yearly. This is the potential benefit for the world economy if the fashion industry can find ways to prevent water consumption from increasing further.”

The creators displayed the vegan leather at the International Leather Fair Lineapelle in Milan, Italy, and they are still looking into its potential application in different industries. 

The awareness of protecting the animal world has reached its peak as other vegan leather materials have appeared as well. Namely, the fashion retailer H&M has a vegan jacket from pineapple leather, Hugo Boss made sneakers from the same material, and the German footwear brand Thies offered olive leather shoes.

It is good that a large number of scientists, environmentalists, and celebrities are emphasizing the importance of us doing something to protect our planet. We are already experiencing all the negative effects of our overuse of damaging material thereby endangering our lives and the lives of the animal world.

Hence, every attempt of innovation that contributes for a better planet is highly welcomed and every person should focus on buying such eco-products.

ADRIANO DI MARTI meets Milano 🌵

Posted by Desserto on Sunday, September 29, 2019