Textile leather made with nopal

11/02/2020

In recent years, nopal has proven to be an inexhaustible source of products, from the rich fruits (prickly pears) and their edible stalks to the obtaining of biodiesel. Now a new product is being presented, "the leather" of nopal, a type of fabric or textile that is made of 50% nopal and cotton, with different thicknesses, breathable, with a 10-year guarantee.

In addition to contributing to food production, nopal provides ecosystem services. Photo: Agencies
In addition to contributing to food production, nopal provides ecosystem services. Photo: Agencies

Two young entrepreneurs from the state of Jalisco in Mexico, Adrián López and Marte Cázarez, invented this type of leather, creating it as an alternative to the use of animal skins, considering it more environmentally friendly, breathable and durable. Its quality is such that it can be used in fabrics for the manufacture of clothing (clothes, shoes, wallets), furniture, and in the automotive industry.

The leather can be manufactured in different thicknesses and textures, it has high resistance and flexibility. Recently, the authors of this technology, presented it with great success at the international exhibition of innovation in the textile industry in Milan, Italy.