Entrepreneur and designer Carmen Hijosa, was inspired by traditional Philippines clothing, which have been created for centuries by threading pineapple leaves, renown for their endurance and elegance, when she moved forward her project to create PIÑATEX™: an innovative bio-based fake leather product derived from pineapples!
Sport shoes brands such as Puma and Camper, as well interior design, technology and other names from the fashion industry are using the newly launched PIÑATEX™ fake leather for their products and prototypes.
The 100% natural product is a most welcome addition to the other alternative product such as high-tech textile and plastic based (PU) fake leather materials used so far to replace the cruel use of animal skin, and as a plus is also cheaper and more versatile.
Pineapple leaves are a by-product of the pineapple harvests, and the smart PIÑATEX™ idea (tested and developed in the Philippines, UK and Spain) is to re-use the leaves fibers in order to create a high quality textile alternative applicable to the fashion, accessories, upholstery and car/aviation interiors. This means that there’s no environmental impact, as no extra water or soil are required for the raw material supply. Also, the waste and leftovers can be used as compost or recycling materials.
The texture can be printed, coloured, and has anti-bacterial properties, which makes it suitable as application in the medical industry as well.
What’s not to like, especially for us sweet vegans?
The product was presented at the Royal College of Art, showcasing several prototypes from various industries, and displaying its versatility.
This is an excellent idea, and we wish every success to this business which deserves more and more visibility as a sustainable, cruetly-free and natural product.