Innovative Vegan Cactus Leather | Watson & Wolfe

Vegan Leather made with Cactus Leaves

The perfect balance between sustainability and performance


The latest innovation to challenge the leather industry is here… and it looks and feels really good!


The race to produce the cleanest and most sustainable alternative to leather continues, but has the answer now been found?  Let us introduce you to Desserto, an innovative vegan leather made from cactus leaves. Grown and fabricated in Mexico, Cactus Leather is an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to animal leather and it’s partially biodegradable too.

Reducing the impact of fashion


With so much focus on biodiversity and the urgent need to reduce the global devastation caused by the fashion industry, the hope is that materials like this new Cactus Leather will replace the use of animal leather in fashion, automotive, aeronautics and footwear.


When you compare the process of obtaining the raw material, the energy and water usage, the lack of chemicals and the 10 year life of this material, you would be hard pushed to argue in favour of animal leather.




Desserto is made with leaves from the Prickly Pear Cactus.


What is the prickly pear cactus?


The prickly pear, also called nopal is a flat-stemmed spiny cacti, which is mostly found in warm, dry climates. It prefers sandy and rocky conditions and requires very little water to grow. In fact, watering is only necessary once every two to three weeks during the hot and dry summer months.


The cactus fruit, sometimes called a “Prickly Pears” can also be eaten. They are very sweet and can be eaten raw, right off of the plant. The fruit of this cactus is said to have many nutritional and health benefits.


New leaves of the cactus are harvested without harming or stunting the growth of the mother plant. It is these young leaves which are used to make Desserto, and the plant regenerates and grows new leaves within a matter of months.

Unsurprisingly, Desserto has already won an Internationally recognised award. The founders and innovators Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez beat more than 1,400 nominees from 52 countries to win the VII International Green Product Award in Munich, Germany.


If you are inspired by this material, then we have great news!  Cactus Leather will be making a debut in our collection very soon. To be one of the first to know more, be sure to follow us on Instagram or Facebook, or sign up to our email newsletter.

Watson & Wolfe
Helen Farr-Leander
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