Yes, you read it right. Leather made from Pineapple. It means no more killing of animals to make your cool looking Leather biker jacket or that leather skirt or the leather handbag/shoes you boast of. Welcome to the world, Piñatex.
Ananas Anam has developed an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile called Piñatex™ made from pineapple leaves fibres. Piñatex has evolved from seven years of R&D to create a natural textile from waste plant fibres.
Piñatex™ harnesses advanced technologies to create a totally sustainable high performance natural textile. The original development leading to Piñatex™ was carried out in the Philippines. Its finishing, research and continuing development are now being undertaken in the UK and Spain.
Piñatex™ provides new additional income for farmers while creating a vibrant new industry for pineapple growing countries.
Piñatex™ fibres are the by-product of the pineapple harvest. No extra land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce them.
Piñatex™ involves a patented pending technology that protects both the process and the finished material.
Leave alone the animals, even the Pineapples were not harmed in the making of Piñatex!
T H E S T O R Y OF P I Ñ A T E X
Piñatex™ was created by Dr Carmen Hijosa. Carmen’s journey began in Spain, but her career has taken her across the globe, from Ireland to Germany, to the UK and The Philippines. She worked in both the design and manufacture of leather goods for many years before going to the Philippines to carry out further research into the development of products made from natural fibres.
A breakthrough came when she realized that she could make a non-woven textile, a fabric bonded together without knitting or weaving, from the long fibres found in pineapple leaves. The culmination of her work resulted in the creation of Piñatex, a unique natural and sustainable textile made from pineapple leaf fibres, a by-product from the pineapple harvest.
While you are reading these lines, Carmen Hijosa and her team are working in London. On the other side of the globe, the Filipino farmers are extracting the fibres from the pineapple leaves. The fibres are then sent to a textile finishing company in Spain where the transformation from a fiber mesh into Piñatex takes place.
This is the Piñatex magic!
K E Y A T T R I B U T E S
Piñatex™ is strong, versatile, breathable, soft, light, flexible, and can be easily printed on, stitched and cut.
NATURAL & SUSTAINABLE
Piñatex™ is a by-product of the pineapple harvest, thus no extra water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce Piñatex.
Various thicknesses, finishes and applications (under development).
Piñatex™ is produced on 155cm width textile rolls.
Piñatex™ is tested according to ISO international standards for:
Tear & tensile strength
Light & colour fastness
Resistance to ignition by cigarettes
(Tests conducted at ITTC, Shanghai; The Institute of Natural Fibers & Medicinal Plants, Poland; Intertek UK & Turkey; and Bonditex SA. Spain.)
M A N U F A C T U R I N G P R O C E S S
The fibres that make Piñatex™ come from pineapple leaves. The fibres are extracted from the leaves during a process called decortication, which is done at the plantation by the farming community. Furthermore, the by-product of decortication is bio-mass, which can be further converted into organic fertilizer or bio-gas.
Both the extraction of the fibers and the consequent bio-mass will bring added revenue stream to the farming communities.
The fibres then undergo an industrial process to become a nonwoven textile, which is the base of our material Piñatex™.
The final step in the making of Piñatex™ takes place at a textile finishing company in Spain, where the unique finishing process is done before being shipped all over the world.
U S E S
With leather becoming more scarce and expensive, there is an enormous opening in the market for alternative materials, which to date have been partially filled by plastics and technical textiles. The arrival of a suitable material of natural origins such as Piñatex is likely to be a welcome addition in this growing market segment.
Piñatex is a mass-produced sustainable and versatile textile oriented to the following industrial sectors :
- FASHION AND ACCESSORIES
- CAR AND AERONAUTIC INDUSTRIES
Designers from all over the world have exhibited their innovative thinking and social responsibility by accpeting Pinatex as an alternative to leather by making goods that one could only think were made of leather once.
Here are some of the prototypes:
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