Cactus "Leather", Paper Buildings, FIA, Realistic Waves with Poured Paint

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Two Men Created “Leather” From Cactus to Save Animals and the Environment

As one of the world’s most traded products, leather is part of a booming $80 billion industry. But, its use of animal products and harsh chemicals makes leather problematic not only for animal rights activists but environmentalists. Luckily, two entrepreneurs from Mexico have worked to find a leather alternative that is not only eco-friendly but has the look and feel of real leather. So what are they using to make their faux-leather? The answer might surprise you.


Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez have developed a method of transforming cacti into a vegan leather that looks so realistic, you’d never guess it was made from this desert plant. They called their cactus vegan leather Desserto and it is made from cacti grown on their plantation in the Mexican state of the Zacatecas. The cactus is known for its rugged, thick skin, which makes it the perfect texture to simulate animal leather.

“The idea of using this raw material was conceived because this plant does not need any water to grow, and there is plenty of it throughout the Mexican Republic. Also, symbolically, it represents all of us Mexicans and everybody knows it,” shared López Velarde. “Besides, to be able to incorporate this material into various industries, it is essential to count on a stable, abundant supply of raw material. We currently have 2 hectares where we cultivate nopals, as well as an expansion capacity of 40 hectares. Regarding production capacity, we have 500,000 linear meters a month.”

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This Architecture Studio Released A Series Of Templates Children Can Use To Create Paper Cities During Lockdown

Download FREE templates to make paper buildings HERE.


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View the FIA’S (Flint Institute of Arts) collection online. Click HERE.

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Realistic Ocean Waves with Poured Paint - video

Roni Langley brings the ocean to her surfboards, skateboards, tables, and more. Take a look at these realistic seascapes made with resin and pigment HERE.

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