Turning Cacti into Vegan Leather | The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation

On this segment of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, Mo Rocca speaks with Marte Cazarez Duarte and Adrian Velarde, co-inventors of Desserto, to learn more about turning cacti into leather.

With an abundance of cacti in Mexico, Marte and Adrian knew the plant would be reliable. The cacti leaves are cut in such a way that it does not damage the indigenous plant, meaning the same plant can be re-harvested.

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