Everything You Need To Know About Piñatex, A Sustainable Alternative To Leather Made From Pineapples

...Like pleather but better

everything you need to know.

Sustainable fashion is continuing to prove that it is anything but a fleeting trend. With more and more fashion brands placing a stronger focus on being ethical and sustainable with their creations, there have been some major innovations on making the world of fashion a better place.

But perhaps the most groundbreaking discovery so far has been the invention of an alternative to leather. While there are plenty of faux leather options out there, most of those pleather and 'leather look' pieces are made using PVC which, unsurprisingly, is anything but sustainable.

Photo by Heidi Sandstrom. on Unsplash

Photo by Heidi Sandstrom. on Unsplash

Thankfully, there is a sustainable option: Piñatex

Piñatex was discovered by Dr Carmen Hijosa, a leather goods expert, when she learned of the environmental impact mass leather production can cause. Inspired by the use of plant fibres used in Barong Tagalog woven garments, Carmen sought to create a new, non-woven textile that could be produced commercially whilst also maintaining a low environmental footprint. 

A process that began in the 1990s, Carmen has now discovered and developed a viable leather alternative which is made from pineapple leaves. According to the company website, Piñatex is made through a process called decortication, which is done at the plantation by a farming community. Not only does Piñatex provide a sustainable alternative to leather but it also reduces waste as pineapple leaves are notorious for becoming scraps. Also, once the fibre has been extracted, the leftover biomass is used as a nutrient-rich natural fertiliser or a biofuel, so nothing goes to waste.

To get its leather-like appearance, the fibres are then 'degummed' and processed to become a non-woven mesh, before being shipped to Spain for specialised finishing.

Change is coming, and we're into it. 

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