What happens when you make a leather-like material out of cactus? You get an animal-friendly, water sensible, and surprisingly versatile textile.
With experience in both the fashion and automotive industries, entrepreneurs Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez were alarmed at the environmental effects of the resources they were using. In order to minimize negative impact, they turned to a vegan, leather-like material made of cactus they call, Desserto.
Cacti require very little water to grow and take carbon emissions out of the air. If implemented on a large scale, Desserto would put a significant dent in the fashion industry’s waste; an industry that is already the second-largest polluter in the world (behind oil).
From the company’s website:
“The aim is to offer a cruelty-free, sustainable alternative, without any toxic chemicals, phthalates, and PVC. The result, Desserto, the Cactus Vegan-Leather, is partially biodegradable and has the technical specifications required by the fashion, leather goods, furniture, and even automotive industries.”
See how they’re doing it:
Hopefully, we’ll be looking fresh in our cactus-sourced clothing in no time!
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