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“Alternative” fabrics: Biofabrics made from plant sources

July 1st, 2023

The search for bio-based alternative fabrics, an important tenet of sustainability, is top of mind for fiber and fabric manufacturers these days. The companies featured here illustrate some of the different approaches that are being taken to reduce carbon, improve sustainability and deliver on the promise of more earth-friendly products without compromising the level of […]

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Desserto recognized worldwide for sustainable product

November 1st, 2021

Desserto® leather is produced from the mature leaves of the nopal cactus native to the state of Zacatecas in Mexico. After cutting, the leaves are dried in the sun before processing. Photo: Desserto. Less than two years after its launch, Mexico-based vegan cactus leather creator Desserto® has garnered eight international awards.  The most recent award […]

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Soft, supple leather alternative is made from cacti

October 1st, 2020

A vegan leather made from cacti, Desserto lasts up to 10 years. Meant to be an environmentally friendly alternative to animal or plastic leather, it’s partially biodegradable and sustainable along its production value chain. Photos: Desserto. Mexican entrepreneurs Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez wanted to find a cruelty-free and sustainable alternative to leather. Velarde, […]

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