Reasons we LOVE cactus and why you should too
Cacti plants will grow where no other plants can grow.Cacti are tough and resilient, they adapt to extreme conditions, transitioning from extremely high degrees in summer and very low temperatures in the winter without dying.
Cactus sucks high amounts of Co2 from our atmosphere.It absorb CO2 during night because only when the environment is fresh the plant opens its stomata capturing CO2, generating oxygen and absorbing H2O at the same time.
Cactus is Perennial
Per… what? The word literally translates to "through the years." This means that the plant can be harvested multiple times in its life cycle. Cacti life cycle lasts from 15 to 300 years, depending on the species. When harvesting the plant leaves to make cactus leather, they cut only the mature leaves of the plant without damaging the cactus itself, with a new harvest every 6-8 months.
It will save hundreds of litres of water compared to cow leather.
Cactus doesn't need any irrigation system as it adsorbs water present in the atmosphere which normally comes from the morning dew.
It is known that in some species the water values in the stem can reach up to 90% of the plant’s weight. To produce 1 kilogram of cactus leather requires on average 200L of water, which is absorbed by the plant itself through its natural hygroscopic mechanism. Compared to other crops that need on average 1000l of water to produce 1 kilo, and will need to be harvested and cultivated annually.
The cactus farm is fully organic.There are no herbicides or pesticides used and no extra trees cut down. The farm promotes the biodiversity of the region to stimulate micro-flora and micro-fauna in the ground. cut only the mature leaves of the plant without damaging the cactus itself, so every 6-8 months we will have a new harvest.