A partnership with people & the planet
Although vegan leather generically aims to minimise harm to animals and the environment, the brand behind Desserto® believes protecting the people along the supply chain is just as essential to ethical production. By adhering to high economic and ethical standards, human rights and the environment are protected throughout production processes.
In order to stimulate local economies, Desserto® exclusively partners with privately owned, small-share farms in Mexico. They are selected based on specific sustainability criteria to ensure all parties share the same environmental standards (read: no deforestation necessary!). With fair wages and the brand’s state of the art technology, farmers can optimize their yields, half of which supply Adriano Di Marti’s material manufacturing, while the other half is primarily exported to the food industry. These partnerships alleviate the instability cactus farmers have faced in recent years due to price fluctuations in the food market, increasing their overall profits.
Upon harvest, the nopal cactus undergoes a natural drying process in the sun, eliminating the need for unnecessary energy usage. In the lab, the plant is mixed with recycled materials and ‘tanned’ with organic pigments, transforming the farmers’ harvest into a soft, durable leather alternative that mimics many of the qualities found in the ‘real’ thing. Moreover, the final product is partially biodegradable, composed of more than half organic carbon content.
Desserto® is committed to traceability to ensure that all stakeholders along the production line uphold the company’s core values: fair trade, human rights, environmental preservation, and animal welfare. Living up to these values, Desserto offers a plant-based material that is cruelty-free whilst also striking a perfect balance between price, versatility, aesthetics and quality.