WHAT IS CACTUS LEATHER?
20 years ago, nobody would believe this! Cactus leather?
"Desserto® is a highly sustainable plant based material as an alternative to leather made from cactus, often distinguished by its great softness at touch while offering a great performance for a wide variety of applications and complying with the most rigorous quality and environmental standards. The aim is to offer cruelty free, sustainable alternatives, without any toxic chemicals, phthalates and PVC. The result, Desserto® , the cactus material, is partially biodegradable and has the technical specifications required by the fashion, leather goods, luxury packaging and furniture industries".
Why plant-based material?
"By now all of us know that ''The Amazon is the Lungs of the Earth''
It means that the Amazon is home to 200 million cattle - not Logging but cattle.
Cattle ranching is the largest driver of Amazon deforestation.
450,000 sq.km. of Brazil rain forest now is pasture, for comparison, Germany is 350,000 sq.km. UK is 240,000 sq.km.
It is often said that a piece of a hamburger is a piece of the Amazon.
20% of the Amazon has been destroyed. An area the size of the UK is lost every year, although sometimes are much higher".
1- 72 Billon animals are slaughtered all over the world every year.
2- The leather industry
releases large amounts of toxic chemicals and acidic effluents.
3- Polyurethane (PU) leather produces a high
negative environmental impact.
Cactus leather products available at Velvety: