Sharp designs - Cactus as an alternative to leather in badges and patches

Jan 30, 2024

In the realm of fashion, the quest for alternatives to traditional materials is ever evolving. Among these notable innovations is cactus - a plant-based material alternative that has marked a significant shift, especially in the creation of trims, patches and badges.

Cactus as an alternative to leather, often referred to as "vegan leather," is derived from the Nopal cactus. This natural alternative to leather is gaining recognition for its advantages and cruelty-free production process. Moreover, it offers designers a luxurious fabric that is free of PVC, toxic chemicals, and phthalates, making it a perfect choice for the fashion industry. Processed to mimic the feel and flexibility of genuine leather, this vegan alternative carries a lower impact, being versatile enough for use in clothing, accessories, furniture, car interiors and, of course, trims.

Cactus Trims and Badges

The application of cactus leather in the creation of trims and badges is an innovation worth noting. Brands are continually seeking ways to differentiate themselves and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. Cactus leather provides an opportunity to do just that. Its robust and durable nature makes it an excellent material for trims, such as patches and badges, adding a touch of sophistication, in the same way that real leather does.

What do the material experts say?

In charge of the trims of so many fashion brands worldwide, at Trimco Group, we have a dedicated team for the research and testing of new and innovative materials for both trims and packaging. Our material innovation experts support our belief and understand the importance of evolving with the times and meeting the demand and need for products that replace the conventional options.

What sets cactus apart as a material, is its partial biodegradability and long-lasting durability. This plant-based material requires minimal water to produce, contributing to water conservation. According to PETA, 1 billion animals are slaughtered annually for their skin. Cactus and other plant-based alternatives have the potential to tip the needle in the right direction and change that number.

The production process involves sun-drying mature cactus leaves for three days to achieve optimal moisture content for processing. Despite containing some plastic molecules, vegan leather is deemed better than animal-derived leather, as it doesn't require harmful chemicals for tanning, otherwise used for animal leather.

With the inclusion of cactus in our collections and material offer we want to support you, the brand, by providing you with a diverse range of materials that are both stylish and offer an alternative to conventional materials.

Applications of cactus as a material

Cactus as a material is quite versatile, making it suitable for a wide array of applications, including badges for footwear, handbags, and apparel, or applications for accessories, such as cases for glasses. Cactus provides a real and viable alternative that could easily replace any negative impact of leather production.

Whether it is denim or modern apparel brands, we believe that cactus can be a great choice. Cactus thus completes our material variety as leather alternatives, where pineapple leaves, apple waste, eggshells or coffee grounds can also be considered, depending on application.  

If you want to know more about cactus or other materials for trims, or badges and patches, get in touch with us.

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