‘Leather’ made of cactus: inspiration and creativity for sustainability

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In Smart Room Barcelona we have always love cacti. We actually have a couple of them in our headquarters. So we were actually quite impressed about the innovation generated by a couple of Mexican entrepreneurs.

Desserto is a plant-based material which resembles leather.  It is partially biodegradable, it comes from Mexican cacti (‘nopal’), and it can be a perfect choice for avoiding animal skin in the fashion industry. It lasts up to 10 years, it´s flexible, durable and does not stain.

Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez, who formerly worked in the fashion and automotive industry, have developed this fascinating material which complies with high environmental standards and provides a great quality due to its endurance. 

It has been called “vegan leather”, and it aims to offer a sustainable, cruel-free, non toxic alternative to animal leather and PVC faux-leather.  Nopal plants need very scarce water to grow, and they are virtually everywhere in Mexico. 

Innovation, new ways of doing old things.  These are powerful ideas that keep Smart Room Barcelona inspired !

Smart Room Barcelona‘Leather’ made of cactus: inspiration and creativity for sustainability