We have been trying to direct our wheels towards a more environment and animal-friendly world. People are constantly coming up with ways that will not only redefine the fashion industries’ outlooks but also pave the path of a sustainable lifestyle. Hence, two entrepreneurs from Mexico, Adrián López Velarde, and Marte Cázarez, took the possibility of making a better world, particularly for the Animalia. They curated a technique to create leather simply from our desert plant, cactus. Undoubtedly, this has been much hyped about in the vegan world.
When asked about why they chose cactus for the purpose, Adrian and Marte answered that cactuses are very resilient, and can withstand any extreme temperature. They even named their brand as Desserto, where the products range from shoes to wallets to bags. The duo is literally turning the impossible into possible. The process includes selecting and cutting only the mature leaves of the plants without damaging the base of the cactus and does a new harvest every 6 to 8 months. Yes, the wait has been finally over: vegan leather is now an actual thing.
Did you know that the existing fashion industry is the second-largest polluter in the world? That’s when Adrian and Marte realized that there is a major loophole that needs to be fixed ASAP. Leather has always been a staple in the industry and much of the resources come from the cows. The tanning requires gallons of water which are treated with toxic and non-biodegradable chemicals, resulting in the slow destruction of the environment. This contributes to the 100 million tons of wastes that the clothes’ production industry creates. Our Mexican entrepreneurs were already accustomed to the textures and workings of leather which aided their business a lot. Adrian worked in the auto industry and Marte in the fashion, therefore, they both were aware of the environmental impact and decided it was time to make a change.
The replacement of leather meant less harm to cows and other animals, but what were the odds of the alternatives? Either they were extremely costly or harmful to the surroundings. A lot of research took place, finding that one best eco-friendly alternative that will also secure a rank in the sustainability list. After days of brainstorming, they got their answer which was lying right in front of them all this while: cactus. Cactus is the most abundant plant in Mexico, which is not only good for skin but also does not require much water. If you are wondering that this still meant the killing of plants, then let us clarify this for you. As said before, they do not kill the plant. It’s like the cactuses getting a haircut. They method the organic staple to create the proprietary formula needed to form vegan leather. The patented formula goes like this: they cut the leaves, clean them, mash and dry it for three days, mix it with non-toxic chemicals, and then shape them into any texture or color required. In the end, the vegan lovers get organic, biodegradable, and durable vegan leather which lasts for at least 10 years. They are flexible, breathable, and doesn’t stain. Don’t worry about the cost, they are as much as any animal leather product.
Adrian and Marte left their respective jobs to dedicate 100% of their time and effort to the project. After 2 years of financial, emotional, and technological struggles, they developed the perfect solution. The buddies are thinking big for the future and are gradually building their network to create more vegan leather. Their upcoming endeavors include producing cactus leather for accessories, clothes, furniture, and automobiles. Even their plantation at Zacatecas is fully organic and their natural techniques invigorate the soil’s flora and fauna, which is then preserved without any damage caused. They are not using any such irrigation system for the succulents, rather they grow using rainwater and the minerals absorbed from Zacatecas soil which is beneficial for the species they plant. Moreover, the plantation is perennial, i.e., they only plant once in eight years, unlike the C3 plantations where cultivation and harvesting are done annually. The species cultivated are native and accustomed to the region, where the plant’s metabolism helps save water and does not produce chlorophyll during the daytime.
So, why should we choose Desserto? The answer is right here. Desserto is the first-ever highly sustainable and environmentally friendly organic material brand that aims to innovate in a responsible way. They produce a large variety of colors and textures, and the company ensures to meet the demands of the evolving industry. Some of the dark secrets of Desserto are:
- They have been using advanced technology which enhances the production procedure.
- No chemicals like herbicides and pesticides are used.
- Same plants are harvested repeatedly.
- A lot of energy is saved by drying the feed-stock in a solarium.
- The biodiversity is boosted in the region.
- No cross-industry conflict as the by-product is directed to the food industry in an increased value-form which is more attractive, and stimulates the agricultural sector to plant more cactus.
- There is no such inter-industry conflict as the products are directed towards the food industry with increased value and are more attractive, encourages the agricultural sector to plant more cactuses.
- Encourages sustainable social practices.
If you are interested in purchasing their products, then you got to head over to their official website for ordering. There are various categories such as Swatch-Books, Sample Yardage, and In-Stock Purchase Orders, etc. If you are a new customer, then you need to first determine whether you want to buy a sample yardage order or purchase a swatch-book. The total cost of the Swatch-Book price is USD $25.00 + Shipping. Sample yardage is only available for materials in stock and is not subjected to MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity). One can request a quote freight which will be delivered to your doorstep. Remember that they do not provide custom sample yardage and if in case you require the yardage, it will then fall under the development category with a 300 linear meter MOQ. However, if you need a custom material, like any specific color, thickness, texture, backing, or technical features, again your development will be subjected to a 300 linear meter MOQ.