Leather is a luxurious material, but it is also one of the most resource-intensive and pollution-rich materials in the fashion industry.

These two Entrepreneurs from Mexico are trying to change that, with a new way to produce vegan leather from cactuses.

While most faux-leather is made from plastic, their leather is made from a patented way of drying and treating cactus plant material. The end result apparently lasts up to 10 years, is non-toxic, biodegradable and can be used to make everything from handbags to car seats.

Inventors Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez started their company Desserto to manufacture the new leather in a more sustainable way for the environment.

And I’m sure there will be a few cows thanking them for their contribution as well.

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