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63-Year-Old Designer Creates Faux Leather From Pineapple Leaves

By Desirée Kaplan

As the fashion industry explores sustainable alternatives to current environmentally harmful materials and processes, it can be challenging to find resources that are both eco-friendly and economic. In response to this problem, Ananas Anam has developed Piñatex, a versatile vegan alternative to leather. Pineapple leaves, which are typically considered waste, offer useful fibers to create this material. As a crop by-product, there is no additional water or land needed to make the material. 

This plant-based alternative promises to not only help lessen the demand for natural resources, but it also offers a premium fabric to work with across a range of markets including fashion, cars, and furniture. The material is made possible through advanced technology and affords more income for pineapple farmers who previously were not able to derive value from this part of their harvest.