Changing fashion trends : Leather from cactus

Whether you like it or hate it, you’ve got to admit, leather products aren’t good for the environment. In fact, according to PETA, the global leather industry kills more than a billion animals for their skin and hides.

However, what’s even more worrying is the impact leather has on the environment. Not only the animal from which leather is derived consumes a ton of water in its lifetime, but after deriving the skin, the treatment process introduces it with a ton of chemicals. This not only is harmful to the environment but also makes the leather item non-biodegradable.

Even the faux leather that many vegans love using (thinking that it isn’t derived after killing an animal) is actually made from plastic that doesn’t really solve the waste problem. However, two entrepreneurs — Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez, have found something that truly hits at the right spot.

The company’s called Adriano Di Marti and they’ve formulated a new technique to create a fabric using cactus leaves called Desserto. Cactus, known for its rugged nature is quite hard and thick and pointy, however, when fully processed, it not only feels like actual leather, but since it is made from cactus — a plant that can grow in the desert with minimum moisture — it doesn’t consume as much water.

The company’s called Adriano Di Marti and they’ve formulated a new technique to create a fabric using cactus leaves called Desserto. Cactus, known for its rugged nature is quite hard and thick and pointy, however, when fully processed, it not only feels like actual leather, but since it is made from cactus — a plant that can grow in the desert with minimum moisture — it doesn’t consume as much water.

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