The Design Center of the Philippines, an attached agency to the Department of Trade and Industry committed to strengthening the Philippines’ design ecosystem, recently launched pinyapel, a locally processed and manufactured specialty paper from locally sourced discarded pineapple leaves.
Maria Rita O. Matute, executive director of Design Center: “Design Center’s pinyapel is a welcome development in our country’s materials library. Aside from indigenous raw materials, material choices now include processed agricultural waste, such as pineapple leaves, developed into high-value materials.”
As the second largest producer of pineapple products globally, the Philippines produces tropical fruit in millions of tons annually. In year 2017 alone, the Philippine Statistics Authority’s Selected Statistics on agriculture reported that pineapple production figures amounted to 2.671 million, with around 5 percent of which comprised of agricultural wastes such as pineapple leaves (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center).
An article on manilastandard.net describes how, through the rigorous materials research and development efforts of Design Center, an Intellectual Property-protected process was developed, yielding a specialty paper using pineapple leaves, reinforced and print-viable for secondary packaging applications.