Biobased Leather Alternative - Desserto

Biobased Leather Alternative - Desserto

The cactus leather we are using is from Desserto.

Desserto is a cactus-based biomaterial that is a sustainable leather alternative produced in Mexico.

The Process

By harvesting the mature leaves of the nopal cactus plant which is widely known and used in Mexico, proteins and fibres are extracted to make an organic bio-resin which then is coated on a carrier eco-friendly textile.

The innovation of the product lies in the ease of harvesting and the ease of manufacturing the product from the nopal cactus. Little to no irrigation is needed and the cactus grows in abundance in all of Mexico.

Desserto creates alliances with farmers whose land is certified by the "US-Organic" program of the USDA and the "BCS OEKO-GARANTIE" program in Germany. This certification guarantees the responsible use of resources such as water and prevents the use of chemicals that affect the land and the environment. Desserto transfers knowledge and technology to the farmers, which in turn gives the plant a greater economic value and a higher return for the farmers.

By using Desserto is our sustainable design under life cycle assessment to support our Sustainable Philosophy and our concept of circularity.

 

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Our Materials

We selected Biobased Leather Alternatives to produce our bags to raise awareness about Climate, Biodiversity and Nature.

What is Biobased Leather Alternatives? It's a plant-based and refers to leather-like material that is wholly or partly derived from the food waste or by-products from agriculture - biomass, originally from plants or trees. iFarmaissance uses a variety of biomass sources such as grape residue from the waste of the wine making process and apple residue from the leftover pomace and peel from the fruit juice and compote industry, as well as pineapple leaf fibres and regeneratively grown cactus.

Our founder’s assignment of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge is now supported by The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, in conjunction with The HKSAR Innovation and Technology Commission for R & D Biobased leather alternatives with the professors of City University of Hong Kong to bring this plan to life in a real life scenario and to contribute to a Decarbonisation Solution for the World.

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