MATERIALS

Thanks to our dear friends at Desserto Mexico, we've been able to produce organic Cactus Vegan Napa sneakers, a strong and sustainable alternative to leather, and sustainably made using the Nopal Cactus.

This innovative material has been used for the lines and heel of the sneaker, with a 100% bamboo lining, organic cotton laces and also delivered to you in biodegradable packaging. They are alo PETA approved, and made from renewable resources with high bio-based content.

For the rest of the sneaker we use our vegan napa which is PETA approved, made from renewable resources and with high bio-based content, this means that the material is derived from biomass (plants) such as corn, sugar cane, beet, cellulose or vegetable oils.

This raw material SAYE uses is certified to prove their sustainable origin and validate the industrial process of their production. It is manufactured in Italy.

The sneakers are manufactured in Portugal, the Bio-Based Vegan Napa in Italy and the cactus in Mexico! What a mix! Environmentally friendly, 100% organic and proudly SAYE.

Thanks to our dear friends at Desserto Mexico, we've been able to produce organic Cactus Vegan Napa sneakers, a strong and sustainable alternative to leather, and sustainably made using the Nopal Cactus.

This innovative material has been used for the lines and heel of the sneaker, with a 100% bamboo lining, organic cotton laces and also delivered to you in biodegradable packaging. They are alo PETA approved, and made from renewable resources with high bio-based content.

For the rest of the sneaker we use our vegan napa which is PETA approved, made from renewable resources and with high bio-based content, this means that the material is derived from biomass (plants) such as corn, sugar cane, beet, cellulose or vegetable oils.

This raw material SAYE uses is certified to prove their sustainable origin and validate the industrial process of their production. It is manufactured in Italy.

The sneakers are manufactured in Portugal, the Bio-Based Vegan Napa in Italy and the cactus in Mexico! What a mix! Environmentally friendly, 100% organic and proudly SAYE.

Manufactured in PORTUGAl

italian and mexican materials

environmentally friendly

100% ORGANIC

Proudly Saye

INNOVATION

Thanks to our friends from Desserto Mexico, we've been able to produce ecologic napa made up from nopal cactus, that are sustainably planted and pruned so they only use the mature leaves. And allow the rest of the plant to grow.

The Cactus Vegan Napa is one of the most innovative plant based materials and has burst onto the scene with huge success. Often distinguished by its softness to touch and performs exceptionally well under the most rigorous quality and environmental standards. The selected cactus is very resilient and strong, it can handle low temperatures during winter without dying and its thorns are very small so it’s easier and safer for the agriculture team to harvest.

The Cactus napa is used for the lines and heel of the sneaker.

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ENVIRONMENT

Cactus Vegan Napa is a highly sustainable plant based material, partially biodegradable and used as an alternative to leather. Desserto’s aim is to offer cruelty free, sustainable alternatives, without any toxic chemicals, phthalates nor PVC.

The top five sustainable facts of using organic cactus feed-stock:

1. Enrichment of soil micro-flora and micro-fauna through native and typical organic cactus afforestation.

2. Huge savings in water as no irrigation is applied.

3. Environmental preservation as no chemicals are used like herbicides or pesticides.

4. Cactus is left unharmed to enable repeated harvesting from the same plant.

5. Full vision and traceability of the farm to ensure sustainable social practices. 

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THE PROCESS

The Desserto team selects and cuts only the mature leaves of the plant without damaging the cactus itself, and allows the rest of the plant to grow. There is no irrigation system used as the cactus grows naturally with rain water and the rich earth minerals.

Once harvested the cactus dry under the sun, so there’s no additional energy used in the drying process and the process is fully organic, so there are no herbicides or pesticides used either. The remaining organic cactus material that isn’t used is exported and sold nationally in the food industry. 

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