Thanks to our friends from Desserto Mexico, we've been able to produce ecologic napa made up from nopal cactus, that are sustainably planted and pruned so they only use the mature leaves. And allow the rest of the plant to grow.
The Cactus Vegan Napa is one of the most innovative plant based materials and has burst onto the scene with huge success. Often distinguished by its softness to touch and performs exceptionally well under the most rigorous quality and environmental standards. The selected cactus is very resilient and strong, it can handle low temperatures during winter without dying and its thorns are very small so it’s easier and safer for the agriculture team to harvest.
The Cactus napa is used for the lines and heel of the sneaker.
Cactus Vegan Napa is a highly sustainable plant based material, partially biodegradable and used as an alternative to leather. Desserto’s aim is to offer cruelty free, sustainable alternatives, without any toxic chemicals, phthalates nor PVC.
The top five sustainable facts of using organic cactus feed-stock:
1. Enrichment of soil micro-flora and micro-fauna through native and typical organic cactus afforestation.
2. Huge savings in water as no irrigation is applied.
3. Environmental preservation as no chemicals are used like herbicides or pesticides.
4. Cactus is left unharmed to enable repeated harvesting from the same plant.
5. Full vision and traceability of the farm to ensure sustainable social practices.
The Desserto team selects and cuts only the mature leaves of the plant without damaging the cactus itself, and allows the rest of the plant to grow. There is no irrigation system used as the cactus grows naturally with rain water and the rich earth minerals.
Once harvested the cactus dry under the sun, so there’s no additional energy used in the drying process and the process is fully organic, so there are no herbicides or pesticides used either. The remaining organic cactus material that isn’t used is exported and sold nationally in the food industry.
recyclED discarded MANGOES
To bring you these incredible innovating mango sneakers, we’ve collaborated with Fruitleather Rotterdam, a Dutch company that specializes in recycling discarded fruits, which would otherwise be wasted.
By converting leftover fruit into leather-like material, we’ve been able to bring an environmentally friendly and cruelty-free product to the market.
Our Vegan Modelo Sneakers use the waste from the fruit industry to create vegan leather, which is radically changing the world. Its aim is to fix the devastating destruction both the agriculture and leather industry produce.
DID YOU KNOW?
45% of fruit produced for consumption gets thrown away.
30% of agricultural land in the whole planet is used to produce food that eventually will be thrown away.
10% of all greenhouse gasses in first-world countries are emitted while producing food that will never be eaten.
In order to produce organic, recyclable leather, Fruitleather Rotterdam transforms fruits into durable, leather-like material by treating real, discarded mangoes.
Our vegan leather is PETA approved, made from renewable resources and with high bio-based content, meaning that this material is derived from plants such as corn, sugar cane, beet, cellulose or vegetable oils.