What is Cactus leather?
Cactus leather is a sustainable leather alternative made from Opuntia Cactus, developed and made in Mexico.
Mature leaves are cut from organically grown cactus plants, cleaned, mashed, and then left out in the sun to dry for three days prior to processing. It can then be dyed naturally, with a natural dyeing agent. The material is approximately 50% cactus plant, is cruelty-free and PETA approved.
What are cactus leather properties?
Cactus leather is a highly sustainable plant based vegan-leather made from cactus, often distinguished by its great softness to touch while offering great performance for a wide variety of applications and complying with the most rigorous quality and environmental standards. The cactus leather's basic features, elasticity, customisable and breathable, are similar to those of animal or synthetic leather. The features are complemented by earth-friendly traits that include being partially biodegradable and having no toxic chemicals, phthalates and PVC.
How durable is Cactus leather?
Cactus leather is highly durable, strong and water resistant. The material offers high resistance to abrasion, rubbing, tearing, tensile and a great durability. Cactus leather features handle humidity and liquids very well and is breathable.
What makes cactus leather sustainable?
Not only is cactus leather cruelty-free, but it also significantly cuts down on the usage of natural resources, like water. Cacti grow just fine with rain water alone, meaning they don't use an irrigation system for their plants. USDA Certified BioBased Product and Peta approved.
Opuntia cacti only require about 200 litres of water to produce one kilogram of dry material, whereas other plants, can require upward of 1,000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of solids. When you consider it takes an average of over 2,000 gallons of water to produce one pair of leather shoes, this makes a vast difference. Cactus is a natural carbon sink, it has a great CO2 sequestering capacity. From our 14 acres, it is able to absorb 8,100 tons of CO2/year while at the farm it only generates15.30 tons of CO2 annually.