Desserto | Cactus Leather 🌵


What is it?

DESSERTO® is the world's first highly sustainable and environmentally friendly organic material made of nopal cactus 🌵. It an fantastic alternative to leather distinguished by its great softness and performance.

Desserto cactus is grown organically in the Mexican state of Zacatecas by ADRIANO DI MARTI. They pride themselves on their highly environmentally sustainable growing, harvesting and processing practices. Cactus are perennial, by only harvesting mature leaves and not damaging the plant itself they are able to harvest each plant every 6-8 months for up to 8 years. The highly plants don’t require any irrigation and are able to severely degraded soils, which are inadequate for other crops. To top it off leaves are dried naturally in the sun.

Cactus is a natural carbon sink, in only 14 acres of organic cactus plantations, we can absorb 8,100 tons of CO2 per year, while at the farm we only generate 15.30 tons of CO2 annually.

Material composition and details:
  • Front: Organic Cactus Formula
  • Backing: 50% Recycled Polyester, 50% Recycled Cotton or 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton
  • Free of any toxic chemicals, phthalates and PVC
  • 100% animal free and PETA approved
  • Grown and manufactured in Mexico


    Why do we use it?

    Desserto looks and feels outstanding, it is almost indistinguishable from premium leather, but without the significant environmental and ethical drawbacks. The properties of nopal cactus give Desserto high resistance to abrasion, rubbing, tearing, tensile and a great durability.

    The innovators behind Desserto, Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez, spent two years developing the innovative material after seeing the environmental devastation caused by the fashion, automotive and furniture industries in which they previously worked.