Two Guys In Mexico Just Created Vegan Leather From Cactus

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Young entrepreneurs are taking up the challenge of creating alternative, biodegradable materials to replace anything from plastics to building materials and many more in between, such as a new vegan material with the potential to replace the use of animal leather in the fashion, leather goods, furniture and automotive industries.

Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez, entrepreneurs from Mexico, recently launched Desserto, organic leather made entirely from the nopal (or prickly-pear) cactus, the first of its kind. Their aim was to create a sustainable, cruelty-free alternative to animal leather. Desserto is partially biodegradable and meets the technical specifications required by the fashion, leather goods, furniture, and automotive industries. The material has flexibility, breathability, durability of at least 10 years and is an environmentally friendly alternative to animal leather and synthetic materials.

“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,” López Velarde told media outlet Fashion United“Also, thanks to its organic composition, it is breathable, which makes cactus or nopal vegan leather similar to animal leather.”

 

Desserto was on show at the International Leather Fair Lineapelle in Milan, Italy last month and the creators are already working with major groups in different industries for potential applications.

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Kash Khan is the founder of Educate Inspire Change (EIC). Since 2012 he has focused on on inspiring and educating others in order to improve their consciousness and connect to their true selves.

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Kash Khan is the creator of Educate Inspire Change(EIC). He founded EIC in 2012 to help keep people informed, to encourage people to expand their consciousness and to inspire people to reach for their dreams.
Since 2019 he has been going through the most transformative period of his life working with Sacred Plant Medicines out of Costa Rica and is now focusing much more on creating conscious content with the sole purpose of giving people more self-awareness so that they can heal mind, body & spirit and live a full life of meaning and purpose.

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