What is Piñatex? A sustainable material and where to shop it.
Let's find something new. Alternatives to leather might fit into two categories:
#1 those made of plastic-based materials
#2 more natural ones.
Beware of category #1: some substitutes might actually be less eco-friendly than leather itself.
So what is Piñatex®?
An alternative to leather, you can guess by now.
Made from pineapple leaf fibre, it is an innovative natural textile that fits into the second category.
Pineapple agriculture creates waste: the remaining leaves are then called a "byproduct" of the industry. Normally, these are burned or discarded. Here comes Piñatex®: the leaves are taken and made into a leather-looking sustainable material.
Their use also creates an additional income stream for farming communities that otherwise rely on a seasonal harvest.
So, in the making of Piñatex® there is
#1 Better use of natural resources
#2 Support of local farming communities
Who makes Piñatex®?
Ananas Anam is the company behind the leather substitute within the values of a circular economy. Combining research and innovation Ananas Anam's mission is to enhance the well-being of the earth and its people through the entire life cycle of the product (the company's inspiration is the Cradle to Cradle® approach).
Piñatex® is made in the Philippines with low water use, low production waste and without the use of nasty chemicals banned by the Cradle to Cradle® list.
What's more is that the production happens in a so-called closed loop system: what comes out of it is used as a fertilizer or biofuel. So, nothing goes lost (except our mind for not having used this material before).
The non-woven mesh is also biodegradable!
Being eco-intelligent is easier than ever. Renoon gathers all products made of Piñatex®