A company called Pinatex is now using pineapples to make faux leather. Yes, you read that correctly!
The company uses the pineapple’s leaf fibres to create the material and big brands like Puma have started to make prototypes. Pineapple leaves are usually left to rot as an unneeded byproduct of farming pineapples and no extra land, water, fertilisers or pesticides are required to make it.
The company is the brainchild of fashion designer Carmen Hijosa. On a trip to the Philippines, she was introduced to the locals’ method of using pineapple fibres to create material, and was enamoured with the easy, ethical production. And so Pinatex was born!
Not only will this wonderful fabric lessen suffering for cows (and hopefully eradicate it over time), it also provides extra income for farmers and creates a new industry for countries that produce pineapples. Win-win!
Not only is the material ethical, but it’s also biodegradable and environmentally friendly! I think we could learn a lot from knowing we can create useful and ethical things from everyday waste.
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