Taking further strides in the sustainable and ethical space, Deadly Ponies present their newest and most innovative collection, Cactus, crafted from plant-based Nopal Textile – a newly developed vegan cactus leather. 

Two-years in the making, this material is a by-product of the pharmaceutical industry, using only natural rainfall and the sun, as energy sources.

“Customers have been asking us for a while to create a vegan product. This is something we have wanted to achieve, but have faced a number of challenges finding a sustainable leather alternative. Most vegan leathers are produced using synthetic materials that don’t biodegrade, are produced with toxic chemicals and require higher water consumption in the manufacturing. When we entered into the project we wanted to make sure we were taking those things into consideration” says Creative Director, Liam Bowden.

Sourced from an organic cactus plantation in Mexico, only the mature leaves are harvested to ensure sustainable plant regeneration – with the pulp used for medicinal purposes. The nopal cactus leaves are then sun-dried, before being processed into the innovative, organic cactus leather. Deadly Ponies worked closely with the supplier to produce a plant-based leather that met their strict design and manufacturing specifications, ensuring the product remained synonymous with the iconic texture and quality of the brand’s existing leathers.

“This new material had to be totally sustainable, but also achieve a similar look and feel to our more classic leather finishes that our products are known for. It took another year of development to achieve the perfect composition” says Bowden.

Handcrafted by Deadly Ponies artisans at their custom-built eco atelier, the inaugural Cactus collection is available from Wednesday 29th July exclusively online and in Deadly Ponies’ stores, in coveted classics Mr Siamese, Mr Mini Leopard and Mr Mini Chain Mail.

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