Made from pineapple - BIO Leather Alternative Piñatex

Made from pineapple - BIO Leather Alternative Piñatex

Piñatex is a natural leather alternative made from cellulose fibres extracted from waste pineapple leaves.

The Process
After harvesting, pineapple leaf fibres are washed then dried naturally by the sun, or during the rainy season, in drying ovens. The dry fibres go through a purification process to remove any impurities which results in a fluff-like material which gets mixed with a corn based polylactic acid (PLA). The Piñatex material is then created through a mechanical process which interlocks and meshes together the long fibres from the pineapple leaves to produce a non-woven biobased layer which forms the base of all Piñatex collections.
The pineapple industry globally produces 40,000 tonnes of waste pineapple leaves each year, which are usually left to rot or are burned. Approximately 480 leaves, the waste from 16 pineapple plants, are needed to create 1 square metre of material. The material uses the long leaf fibres which are separated by the pineapple farmers for additional income, and the leftover biomass from the process can be used as a fertiliser. Piñatex is produced partially from a waste product that requires no additional land, water, pesticides or fertilisers.

By using Piñatex is our sustainable design under life cycle assessment to supportOur Sustainable Philosophy and our concept of circularity.


OUR R & D PROJECT COLLABORATION

BIO Leather Alternative

Our founder’s assignment from Cambridge University (CISL) is now part of a collaborative project working with professors/ scientists of City University of Hong Kong, joinly funded by HKSAR Government Innovation and Technology Fund to bring this decarbonisation action plan to life in a real life scenario...

Let's fight Climate Change and embrace a Net Zero Future. Together!