Updated: Dec 11, 2021
Materials company Ananas Anam developed a way to turn pineapple waste into an animal-friendly alternative to leather. Factories in the Philippines separate the strands and felt them together into a non-woven fabric that can be used for clothes, footwear or furniture.
"Piñatex® is one of those rare products of design thinking that hits all the sustainability buttons at once: it is a material that is completely cradle to cradle, it substitutes leather that has a very heavy environmental and welfare impact, and it brings new income streams to subsistence farmers, allowing them to fully utilise their crops. The implementation of Piñatex® will have far-reaching societal and environmental benefits.”CLARE BRASS DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT 22