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Mexican-American cactus leather producer Cacto says it has become the first carbon-negative fashion company in the Americas, and aims to offset 1,000% of the emissions it generates by the end of 2021.

Through a partnership with Swiss non-profit organisation On A Mission, Cacto has already measured and offset 150% of its CO2 emissions through sustainable reforestation worldwide. The measurement and offsetting process will take place every six months for the next ten years.

“The fashion industry emits about the same quantity of greenhouse gases per year as the entire economies of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom combined,” the company says.

Cacto produces sustainable accessories made of award winning cactus leather, which is free of toxic chemicals, organic, vegan, partially biodegradable and zero waste. Its entire production cycle is closely monitored, from the sourcing of materials to production, packaging, distribution, and shipping.

“If we want to succeed in reaching net zero carbon emissions well before 2050 and avoid the worst consequences of climate change, we must all work in concert in whatever capacity we are able to,” says Jesus Chavez, founder.

“Two words are key here: collaboration and ambition. We all need to do more, climate neutrality is no longer enough. Industries across the board need to benefit from existing technology and offsetting programs to become carbon negative and invest in new research and innovation to reach that goal faster. The decisions we make this decade will determine the fate of humanity for centuries to come. It is up to us now.”

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