Vegan Leather Changing Mexico’s Green Business Game
February 24, 2020
Mexico is stepping up its sustainability game with substantial investment in a growing vegan leather industry.
The vegan culture has skyrocketed by 500% in the past five years. Whether it be a matter of conscience or other, the vegan population is now made up of over 600 million people worldwide and this number continues to rise.
Mexican company Polybion, a manufacturer located in the state of Guanajuato, announced earlier this year that they would commence the production of a vegan leather product made primarily from organic waste. Using ingredients such as discarded mango seeds and fruit skins, Polybion is now producing what some users have deemed a superior alternative to synthetic leather.
Polybion’s faux leather manufacturing process takes advantage of the natural decomposition process in fruit. Using this process, bacteria inside the fruit waste are able to transform the scraps into a material that very closely resembles leather and even surpasses synthetic plastic leather in its industry-applied capabilities.
Company founder Axel Gomez says the fruit scraps are sourced from the local fruit industry. The scraps are then brewed into bio-leather using bacteria, which feeds on the scraps and assembles into a matrix that is very similar to traditional leather in terms of appearance, feel, usability, and even smell.
The bio-leather is making a breakthrough in the shoe and textile industries. In fact, Mexican shoe designer Alba Vasquez has been working with Polybion’s vegan leather for the past year and says the quality is actually better than synthetic leather made from plastic.
Two other Mexican entrepreneurs, Adrián López Velader and Marte Cázarez, have branched off into their own niche with the creation of vegan leather from cactus plants. Their product “Desserto” is the first vegan leather to be made from cactus without toxic and non-degradable chemical preservatives, such as phthalate and PVC.
“Desserto” is made specifically from the nopales cactus, which does not require any water at all to grow.
With rapidly increasing demand for vegan leather, particularly in Europe, the blossoming industry is on the fast track for growth in 2020.
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