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Pineapple Leaves Make for a Fashion-Forward, Luxurious & Sustainable Leather

Pineapple Leaves Make for a Fashion-Forward, Luxurious & Sustainable Leather

Making animal-based leather typically involves hazardous chemicals such as formaldehyde and heavy metals such as chrome, all of which can cause problems when they end up in wastewater. Like meat, since leather comes from animals that require massive amounts of feed, it also has a large carbon footprint. Fake leather is usually made from petroleum, and has processing problems of its own.
— https://www.fastcompany.com

Producing is leather is bad for everybody involved, it's bad for the environment, bad for the person producing it and, terrible for the animal. 

Carmen Hijosa, the founder of Piñatex came out with a brilliant idea, turning pineapple leaves into leather.

I know right?

At first, I thought, how is that even possible? Pineapple leather might be a new thing but, the people of the Philippines have used pineapple fiber to create textiles for centuries. 

The people of the Philippines also extract the fiber out of the pineapple leaves, but instead of leather, they create a beautiful silk-like fabric that is used more commonly for the Barong Tagalog, wedding dresses and other traditional formal dresses of the Philippines. 

Piña fiber, which is extracted from the leaves of the pineapple plant, scientific name being 'ananas comosus' is not only helping the environment and saving lives. It is also creating a new source of income for farming families who would otherwise rely on the seasonal harvest and serves as a natural fertilizer. Once the fiber has been extracted from the leaves, the leftover biomass serves as a natural fertilizer or biofuel.

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While the “leather” doesn’t harm animals, it also has clear advantages for the environment–compared both to real leather and to other synthetic leathers. “It’s created from a byproduct of agriculture, meaning it’s a total waste product,” she says. “This really means that in order to have Piñatex, a textile, we don’t have to use any land, water, pesticides, fertilizers … we are actually taking a waste material and ‘upscaling’ it, meaning that we’re giving it added value.”
— https://www.fastcompany.com/

This tropical fruit is making waves in the textile industry and it is here to stay! What do you think about this new invention? Would you buy pineapple leather furniture?

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Divine Interview Hour: Deborah Dimare Founder of VeganDesign.org

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Here's Why You Shouldn't Buy a Leather Sofa

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