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Introducing Piñatex™

Sustainable Natural Textiles

Ananas Anam has developed an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile called Piñatex™ made from pineapple leaves fibres. Piñatex has evolved from seven years of R&D to create a natural textile from waste plant fibres.

Piñatex harnesses advanced technologies to create a totally sustainable high performance natural textile. We carried out the original development leading to Piñatex™ in the Philippines. Its finishing, research and continuing development are now being undertaken in the UK and Spain.

Piñatex provides new additional income for farmers while creating a vibrant new industry for pineapple growing countries.

Piñatex fibres are the by-product of the pineapple harvest. No extra land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce them.

Piñatex involves a patented pending technology that protects both the process and the finished material.

No pineapples are harmed in the making of Piñatex!

The story of Piñatex


Piñatex™ was created by Dr Carmen Hijosa. Carmen’s journey began in Spain, but her career has taken her across the globe, from Ireland to Germany, to the UK and The Philippines. She worked in both the design and manufacture of leather goods for many years before going to the Philippines to carry out further research into the development of products made from natural fibres.

A breakthrough came when she realized that she could make a non-woven textile, a fabric bonded together without knitting or weaving, from the long fibres found in pineapple leaves. The culmination of her work resulted in the creation of Piñatex, a unique natural and sustainable textile made from pineapple leaf fibres, a by-product from the pineapple harvest.

While you are reading these lines, Carmen Hijosa and her team are working in London. On the other side of the globe, the Filipino farmers are extracting the fibres from the pineapple leaves. The fibres are then sent to a textile finishing company in Spain where the transformation from a fiber mesh into Piñatex takes place.

This is the Piñatex magic

Key Attributes

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE
Piñatex™ is strong, versatile, breathable, soft, light, flexible, and can be easily printed on, stitched and cut.

NATURAL & SUSTAINABLE
Piñatex™ is a by-product of the pineapple harvest, thus no extra water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce Piñatex.

VERSATILE
Various thicknesses, finishes and applications (under development).

Piñatex™ is produced on 155cm width textile rolls.

TECHNICAL TESTS
Piñatex™ is tested according to ISO international standards for:

Seam rupture
Tear & tensile strength
Light & colour fastness
Water spotting
Flexing endurance
Abrasion resistance
Resistance to ignition by cigarettes

Tests conducted at ITTC, Shanghai; The Institute of Natural Fibers & Medicinal Plants, Poland; Intertek UK & Turkey; and Bonditex SA. Spain.

Download the Technical Sheet

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 Manufacturing process

The fibres that make Piñatex™ come from pineapple leaves. The fibres are extracted from the leaves during a process called decortication, which is done at the plantation by the farming community. Furthermore, the by-product of decortication is bio-mass, which can be further converted into organic fertilizer or bio-gas.

Both the extraction of the fibers and the consequent bio-mass will bring added revenue stream to the  farming communities.

The fibres then undergo an industrial process to become a nonwoven textile, which is the base of our material Piñatex™.

The final step in the making of Piñatex™ takes place at a textile finishing company in Spain, where our unique finishing process is done before being shipped all over the world.

Download the Life Cycle Analysis

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Uses

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. The arrival of a suitable material of natural origins such as Piñatex is likely to be a welcome addition in this growing market segment.

Piñatex is a mass-produced sustainable and versatile textile oriented to the following industrial sectors :

  • FASHION AND ACCESSORIES
  • FURNISHINGS
  • CAR AND AERONAUTIC INDUSTRIES

See our product range

(SmithMatthias bags and picture, 2014, Source: SmithMatthias)

FAQ

  • I love it! What is it?

    Thank you! Pinatex is a natural, sustainable textile made from the fibres of pineapple leaves, which are the waste from the pineapple harvest. Because the leaves are the by-product of an existing industry no additional land, water, fertilizers or pesticides need to be used to product them, so the raw material has a very low environmental impact compared to other textile crops.

  • The use of pineapple fibre is fabric isn’t new - people in the Philippines have doing it for years. How is this different?

    Piñatex is a textile that was indeed inspired by the varied use of pineapple fibres which traditionally have been used as hand woven textiles in the Philippines.  However, Piñatex, which has been developed through years of research and testing, is made by industrial methods. Unlike the handcrafted textiles, Piñatex offers a viable, sustainable alternative to leather.  Piñatex is a unique product, not only as a physical textile, but also due to the ethical, social and environmental responsibility upheld at every stage of production. The commercial production of Piñatex has many benefits – it actively provides the opportunity for farming communities to generate a sustainable income stream without causing further impact on their land, is much better for the environment than traditional leather production and it doesn’t harm animals.

  • Is Piñatex leather?

    No – we like to call it a natural, vegan alternative to leather. Leather is made from an animal skin, but Piñatex is a non-woven natural fibre-based textile which, after a finishing treatment, becomes aesthetically and characteristically similar to leather.

  • Is Piñatex 100% animal free?

    Yes, no animal by-product is used in any stage of the production of Piñatex.

  • What is a 'nonwoven' fabric?

    It is a type of textile produced by forming a net of fibres united by mechanical, thermical and chemical processes, rather than being woven, for which it is necessary that the fibres be previously converted into thread to use in the warp and weft.

  • Where is Piñatex produced?

    The fiber extraction and treatment is currently undertaken in the Philippines, working closely with the pineapple plantations and local farming communities. The finishing process takes place in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Can I buy Piñatex?

    Yes – if you are an established company who produces a product we consider is suited to the textile and our vision. Sales are made exclusively through our London office.

  • I’m not a company - can I buy Piñatex?

    Not at this stage. Piñatex is currently only available in a brand-to-brand capacity, in commercial quantities.

  • But I’m starting a new label and I really want to work with Piñatex - it’s part of my plan.

    Thank you, we really appreciate your support, both of the environment and of Piñatex as a product. Piñatex is a very new development, and as such we have a limitations on our production and distribution capacity. For this reason we regret that at this stage we are unable to supply individuals or start up labels.

  • You haven’t answered my email / tweet / second email / Facebook comment / direct message - are you ignoring me??

    Please understand that we are a small company and receive many requests every day.  We appreciate your patience and endeavour to reply within 48hrs of receipt (but we are human and occasionally miss something!).

  • Where can I purchase Piñatex?

    At present we only arrange sale via email. Our London office is only for administrative functions and is not open in a showroom capacity.

  • How much does Piñatex cost?

    The price for charcoal, natural and brown is 39€/ linear meter (25€/m2); the price for the gold and silver is 45€/ linear meter (29€/m2)

  • What is the minimum order quantity?

    The minimum order quantity (MOQ) for your sampling is 5 linear meters and the MOQ thereafter (second order) for production is 15 linear meters. The width of a roll is 1.55m. Presently Piñatex is available in one thickness only, which varies between 1.4-2.4 mm.

  • What colours does Piñatex come in?

    Currently we have 5 different colours.  Charcoal (almost black), Natural, Brown, Gold and Silver. We will be adding extra colours in limited editions as we grow – please sign up to the mailing list for updates.

  • Can Piñatex be dyed?

    Not after it is produced. Piñatex is sold as a finished product and we do not recommend any extra processes.

  • Does it smell like pineapples (or anything else)?

    Piñatex is a pineapple leaf fibre so does not smell of the fruit.  It has no distinct smell.

  • Is it biodegradable?

    No, Pinatex is not ‘biodegradable’ post manufacturing process, however the non-treated/manufactured natural fibre is, and the finish product is compostable in the right conditions. Our current goal to develop Piñatex to be fully biodegradable, in tune with our aims and vision, and we have already started the R&D process.

  • Are there any chemicals involved in the production of Piñatex?

    Yes, however these chemicals are non-harmful or damaging to the environment, and there is no runoff or water/air pollution involved during the manufacturing process.

  • Where can I purchase products made of Piñatex ?

    We are please to be supplying designers around the world with Piñatex. The products can be purchased through their websites and stockists – please see Product Range for details.

  • How do I care for my Piñatex product?

    To keep your Piñatex product in top condition we recommend that you wax it regularly using a natural wax (such as Barbour wax) for bags; and shoe polish of the right colour for shoes. Use sparingly but often. Leave it in a warm place for 24 hours and rub it gently with a soft cloth. We also recommend using Liquiproof ProtectorTM, a natural non-toxic coating that will make the product stain and water repellent.