Piñatex: Pineapple leaf fibres providing a sustainable alternative to leather

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Life & Soul Magazine

Leather-like material, Piñatex, made from pineapple leaf fibres, is providing the fashion world with a sustainable alternative to leather.

The new textile, created by Carmen Hijosa, is the by-product of the pineapple harvest, therefore no extra land, water, fertiliser or pesticides are required to produce Piñatex.

A strong and sustainable textile, Piñatex is being used by fashion brands including vegan shoe brand, Bourgeois Boheme, as an alternative to leather. Bourgeois Boheme will  launch a new line of womens and mens shoes, made from Piñatex, as part of its Spring-Summer 17 (SS17) collection. The collection will be available to purchase online and at a London pop-up store from next month.

Other shoe brands including Puma and Camper have also developed prototypes using the Piñatex material.

While Piñatex is being made into footwear and fashion accessories, it can also be used in interiors, furnishings and the car and aeronautic industries.

Carmen Hijos is quick to note that the new…

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