While real leather can be beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, there’s no denying how unattractive the conditions it takes to make it are. Textile professionals have churned out various versions of cruelty free leather over the years, but Piñatex, a recently released leather alternative made from pineapple leaves, is certainly one of the most innovative.
Backed by Ananas Anam, a for-profit company with strong social responsibility and low environmental impact, the pineapple leaves used to make Piñatex become aesthetically similar to skin while possessing some characteristics of leather after a finishing treatment.
The textile is 100 percent animal free, non-woven, and sustainable. Plus, because pineapple leaves are already a natural result of pineapple harvest, Piñatex creates even more benefits for pineapple farmers.
The material can be used to make a variety of fashion items, such as: shoes, bags, wallets, belts, outerwear, etc. In fact, Lisbon, Portugal-based fashion brand Ina Koelln‘s upcoming Autumn/Winter 16 accessory line (pictured above) will feature pieces made exclusively from Piñatex.
The possibilities are endless, and that’s what makes this innovation so exciting. While vegan leather certainly isn’t a new concept, the Piñatex approach to fabrication is definitely different and can pave the way for even more creative textiles, which is undoubtedly needed. As the Ananas Anam website so eloquently states: “With leather becoming more scarce and expensive, there is an enormous opening in the market for alternative materials, which to date have been partially filled by plastics and technical textiles.”
Making new leather alternatives available is a step in the right direction for a more sustainable, eco-friendly and cruelty-free fashion industry, and who doesn’t love that?
To learn more about Piñatex visit, www.ananas-anam.com.