Vegan Leather Handbags Made From Cactus, Not Cows

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Poppy Barley, a Canadian Luxury Accessories and Footwear brand has announced the launch of their first vegan line, named PB Plant.

The brand’s new line debut is with a line of accessories featuring the Multitasker Backpack (CAD$348), Convertible Belt Bag (CAD$158), and Card Holder (CAD$48)made with Laguaro, Poppy Barley’s cactus leather. Made with cotton canvas, every accessory is crafted in environmentally friendly. 

Poppy Barley was founded by sisters Justine and Kendall Barber, they are planning to introduce more innovative plant-based leathers in future collections. 

Cactus, not cows or plastic

Traditional vegan leathers are made of plastics such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyurethane (PU). Poppy Barley produces its leather from harvested cactus leaves but leaving the rest of the cactus intact. Laguaro leather is currently 80 percent biodegradable but Poppy Barley plans to reach 100 percent in the close future.  

Plant-based vegan leathers 

Cactus leather made its global debut in 2019 when Mexican entrepreneurs Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez created and launched Desserto, the first organic leather made entirely from the nopal cactus. Since then, Desserto has been used to make the world’s first cactus-leather boxing gloves. Next season they are planning for handbags.

The faux leather industry has an estimated revenue of  $85.05 billion by 2025, the demand for V vegan leathers has been increasing in the last years. Hugo Boss and H&M introduced pineapple leather in their designs back in 2017. Vegan leather is also making its way into home decor. Like couches and lounge chairs.

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