Leather products are trendy, They have been in the market for ages now, and vegan leather is the need of the hour. But, they are not good for the environment. The reason behind this is, slaughtering of billions of animals for their hides and skin. For treating the leather products, lots of chemicals are being used. This is harmful to the environment, thus making the products non-biodegradable. In addition to this, another plastic-made faux leather is also very hazardous to the environment. Leather production from the plant? Nobody could think about this great idea. But, two entrepreneurs Marte Cazrez and Adrian Lopez Velarde, came together and created this cruelty-free, vegan cactus leather. We earlier read about meat produced with slaughtering animals, and now, this is another amazing creation. Without slaughtering animals, you will get to use very high-quality and genuine leather.
How vegan leather is produced?
Organic leather made entirely from prickly-pear, or nopal cactus, is the first of its kind. Cactus is pointy, thick, and hard. For achieving the real leather feel, full processing has to be done. Since this particular cactus grows in the desert with minimum moisture, it does not require much water. They name the product Desserto. This organic leather is not only cruelty-free and natural but also meets all the requirements of several industries.
Industries where vegan leather is used
Following industries are using the leather produced by Desserto company:
- Leather goods and
Why to choose vegan leather?
It makes an ideal replacement for synthetic and animal leather as it is durable, breathable, and flexible. The feel and touch of vegan leather are similar to the leather which we have been using for ages. One of the entrepreneurs, Lopez, said that they have come out with this successful product after two years of research and development. For leather production, all the mechanical and technical specifications have been taken into consideration. Using vegan leather is going to similar to using regular leather goods.
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Features of vegan leather
Compared to other leather alternatives, this product is with a lower carbon footprint and highly sustainable. The product is:
- Free from toxic chemicals
- Free from phthalates and
- Less water intensive
Adrian and Marte did the product launching at the International Leather Fair Lineappelle in Milan, Italy.
You must be noticing that the trend of plant-based leather alternatives is growing in the market. Animal slaughtering is reducing due to the increased use of eco-friendly methods. For example, leather manufacturing is done from coconuts, olives, pineapples, and now cactus. Retailer H&M unveiled an organic jacket made from pineapple leather. Another high street German footwear brand unveiled the launch of leather shoes made from olive leaves. Another Indian Kerala-based brand called Malai fashions made leather and other accessories from coconuts.
What do you think about these plant-based leather trends? Share your thoughts!