Cactus Leather: Why you need to know about it
Desserto's Cactus Leather, the latest innovation in sustainable fashion, is a vegan leather made from the leaves of nopal cactus.
It's a plant that grows abundantly in Mexico, without even needing any water (seems like a great option for those of us constantly killing our plants).
In 2019, Mexican innovators Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez debuted the material at Milan's leather fair Lineapelle – after two years of research to elevate the quality of their cactus leather to rival traditional leather.
The idea for harnessing the properties of the nopal cactus plant into a vegan leather came when the inventors observed the results of the plastic pollution crisis. The result is an organic and partially biodegradable material that is versatile enough to be used for fashion, furniture, and car interiors.