This warm brown, faux leather from Mexico is made from the Cactus plant with a recycled cotton and recycled polyester backing. It's an incredible, strong, vegan alternative to conventional leather that promotes biodiversity, among many other environmental benefits (read more below).
Price is per metre. Multiple quantities will be cut as a continuous length.
This warm, medium-brown faux leather is smooth, lightweight, flexible, breathable and strong. It has a soft brushed back and a smooth, gently textured surface. It's made from a sustainable cactus-based biomaterial often distinguished by its softness and performance for a wide variety of applications while complying with the most rigorous quality and environmental standards of the industry. Its softness, lightness, breathability, water and stain resistance provide high performance, comfort and very credible leather-looking products. The company has is founded in sustainability practices, with many certifications including ISO 9001, Phthalate free and accreditations from companies including USDA Organic, Peta and Reach.
Animal Cruelty Free, Biodiversity Amelioration, Low Energy, Low Water Usage (as cactus is not irrigated), VOC-Free, Chlorine-Free, Solvent-Free
Ethical and Sustainability Considerations:
This material is made from the nopal plant, a type of cactus. Cactus is a natural carbon sink, it has a great CO2 absortion capacity. From the 14 acres grown at the facility, 8,100 tons of CO2 is absorbed every year, while the farm only generates 15.30 tons of CO2 annually. Using cactus as the biofeed has huge environmental benefits, such as encouraging biodiversity. The nopal cactus grows in abundance in Mexico. It grows naturally and doesn’t need any herbicides or pesticides. Nopal doesn’t need a drop of water to grow because it is a hygroscopic plant, which means it grows thanks to the humidity of the environment. So, unlike cotton product which requires vast sums of water, it requires zero irrigation. There are also incredible energy savings as the stock is dried in a solarium. The producers have gone to extreme measures, to calculate the energy and water use and carbon emissions of their product versus conventional animal and faux, PU leathers, and all results come out a fraction in comparison.
How is it made? The cactus plants are grown in Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The mature leaves are selected and cut without killing the plant; the new leaves grow every 6 to 8 months, which allows for frequent harvesting cycles and it takes approximately three leaves to create one linear meter. After cutting, the mature leaves are cleaned, mashed and dried out in the sun for three days. The plant's protein is then died with GOTs certified pigments and combined with non-toxic chemicals such as bio-polyurethane.The final product is up to 68% natural and organic. The rest is composed of recycled polyester and cotton for added strength and durability.
Use a mild soap and water solution and remove the excess using a white cotton cloth dampened with water. Dry the surface with a dry white cloth. For heavier staining, use a liquid shampoo and water solution and rinse with a water-soaked cloth to remove the excess completely. Clean the spill as soon as possible. Do not use solvents such as alcohol, acetone, paint thinner, bleach, oil, vinegar, waxes, silicones, or detergent cleaners, as they can cause permanent damage to the material.
Wholesale And Restocking
Stepped pricing is available on 50 metres and over, so please inquire if you are looking for large amounts. We love working with smaller brands: purchase one metre and upwards directly from the website and email us for wholesale quantities for bulk production when you're ready. We welcome large and small orders from brands of all sizes.
Please note that this material is a short run - once it's gone, we will only have wholesale purchasing available. Refunds are not possible once fabrics have been cut, unless in the unfortunate event that your material arrives damaged. Please order a swatch before purchasing your metre lengths. Please see ourRefunds and Cancellation Policypage for full details.
Due to the nature of reproducing fabrics, there can be variations in batch dye colour. We have quality controlled this fabric. However, there could be minor discrepancies between batches. If you are unhappy with the material you purchase, please let us know, and we'll do our best to rectify it immediately: firstname.lastname@example.org.