Piñatex® is an innovative natural textile made from pineapple leaf ﬁbres. The leaves are the by-product of pre-existing agriculture, and their use creates an additional income stream for farming communities. At the same time they provide a natural, sustainably-sourced, cruelty free material for fashion brands.
Developed over seven years of R&D by dr Carmen Hijosa, this original idea came to her while consulting on the Philippines leather export industry in the 1990s. According to PETA, turning animal skin into leather requires "massive amounts of energy and dangerous chemicals, including mineral salts, formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, and various oils, dyes, and finishes, some of them cyanide-based."
Livingit.euronews.com reported on a few forward-thinking fashion labels that are already incorporating this new innovative material into their collection.