23. February 2015 | Fibers & Filaments

Nonwovens from pineapple leaf fibres

Piñatex is produced from the fibers of pineapple leaves which are a by-product of the pineapple harvest.
Source: Ananas Anam

Piñatex is produced from the fibers of pineapple leaves which are a by-product of the pineapple harvest. Piñatex involves a patented technology that protects both the process and the finished material. While the initial development work leading to Piñatex originated in the Philippines, significant research & development is now being undertaken between the UK and Spain. This is specifically to enhance the finishing technology. Piñatex can be used as a leather alternative or textile in the fashion, accessory and upholstery markets.


Outstanding performance:
Piñatex is breathable and soft, light and flexible, mouldable and easily dyed. It can be printed on and laser cut. Fully tested to clients’ specs (shoes, bags and upholstery).

Natural and sustainable:
Piñatex is a by-product of the pineapple harvest, thus no extra water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce Piñatex’ pineapple fibres.

Versatile:
Various thicknesses, finishes and applications are possible.

Flexible offer:
Piñakumot (fibre), Piñafelt (non-woven mesh), Piñatex (off-the-shelf finished products) and tailor- made solutions.

Patented:
Process and finished products are patented.

Piñatex is produced on 2180 mm or 1500 mm width textile rolls at a competitive price.

Piñatex is tested according to ISO international standards for: seam rupture, tear resistance, tensile strength, light & colour fastness and abrasion resistance.


Applications
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 industrial sectors:

  • Fashion and accessories
  • Upholstery
  • Car and aircraft industries

Ananas Anam Ltd was founded by social entrepreneur and designer Carmen Hijosa who has a track record in the design and manufacture of leather goods, selling through her own company in Ireland (1978-1993) and supplying key retail outlets including Harrods and Liberty in London.

While working in the Philippines as a consultant to the Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines in the ’90s, Carmen became aware of the qualities of pineapple leaf fibres – their fineness and strength – and began to explore possible ways to develop a new textile material that could be an alternative to leather. After several years of intense research and development, the new material Piñatex was born and Ananas Anam Ltd founded. Today, we are a small but strong and well-coordinated team of diverse nationalities, backgrounds and skills. We all share the same vision and are driven by the same aim: to develop natural textiles that can have a positive impact on the world of materials.


More information: www.ananas-anam.com
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