Mexicans invent vegan nopal [Opuntia cactus pad] leather; cause a sensation in the Milan fashion industry The textile created after two years of research in Jalisco and Aguascalientes, offers a sustainable alternative, without cruelty to animals, with the technical specifications required by the fashion, leather goods, furniture and even the automotive industry. Mexican entrepreneurs Adrián López Velarde and Marte Zázares, developed a vegan skin made with prickly pear cactus, which caused a sensation in the latest edition of the International Leather Fair Lineapelle 2019, which was held in Milan, Italy. The textile offers a sustainable alternative, without animal cruelty, free of toxic, phthalates and PVC, which is also partially biodegradable and has the technical specifications required by the fashion, leather goods, furniture and even the automotive industry. Prickly pear skin has high resistance and durability of about 10 years, so it can replace the use of animal leather and other synthetic materials that are not ecologically friendly. The product was developed after two years of research in Jalisco and Aguascalientes, and received the trade name of Desserto. Its characteristics are similar to those of animal or synthetic leather, for its elasticity, malleability and for being breathable.
That is fascinating. I showed it to my daughter who has a vested interest in this sort of thing and although she hadn't heard of cactus leather she did know about vegan leather. However, to produce it requires a lot of unpleasant chemicals and it is not as healthy as real leather.
Post by mickthecactus on Jan 13, 2020 14:22:24 GMT
I was watching Man v Food last night (not proud of that btw) and it was coming from a Mexican restaurant decorated with appropriate items including cacti. Except they weren't cacti, they were Euphorbias which are cactus like insofar as they have spines but come from Africa.