Two Guys In Mexico Just Created Vegan Leather From Cactus

Society develops with new inventions, and each era has its characteristic genius discoveries that hasten culture towards a positive change. All inventions are born as an idea, and the idea is the starting point of the voyage that can possibly improve the world. 

What is also crucial is the willingness to fight for a good cause, and saving the world we live in is surely a great one.  We have so harmed our planet, that we immediately need to find new solutions to reverse the damage, or at least stop to causing it.

People are now beginning to understand the damage we have done to our planet, and are increasingly turning to new, more environment-friendly alternatives to everyday items.

Numerous groups that fight for animal rights also urge to stop the use of leather and fur, and many of their campaigns and projects have ended up with success.

The invention of two young entrepreneurs from Mexico can contribute to this cause, as they have created an alternative, biodegradable material to replace anything from plastics to building materials and many more in between.

Their vegan material can be used instead of animal leather in fashion, leather goods, furniture, and automotive industries.

Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez recently launched Desserto, organic leather from the nopal (or prickly-pear) cactus. Their goal was to make a sustainable, cruelty-free alternative to animal leather.

Desserto is partially biodegradable and meets all the technical specifications the industry demands.  It is a flexible, durable for at least 10 years, breathable, and environmentally friendly alternative to animal leather and synthetic materials.

When asked about the origin of their idea, creators of the cactus vegan leather stated that the plant doesn’t need any water to grow and there are lots of nopals available in the Mexican Republic.

López Velarde added:

“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.”

When asked to describe Desserto, Velarde responded:

 “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 continued:

“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.”

This vegan leather was showcased at the International Leather Fair Lineapelle in Milan, Italy, and its creators are already investigating its potential application in different industries. 

Other brands have been creating vegan leather materials from plants like olives and pineapples.

For instance, fashion retailer H&M offered a vegan jacket from pineapple leather, while Hugo Boss has vegan pineapple leather sneakers.

Also, the German footwear brand Thies launched olive leather shoes.

ADRIANO DI MARTI meets Milano 🌵

Posted by Desserto on Sunday, September 29, 2019


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