Pineapples aren’t just good to eat. A Spanish businesswoman wants to convince us that they’re also good to wear.
Carmen Hijosa has created Piñatex, a textile made from pineapple leaves. She hopes it will give the fashion industry a sustainable alternative to leather. Hijosa is a clothes designer by trade, but doesn’t wear leather because it is bad for the environment.
She found that Philippine farmers make a fiber called piña from pineapple leaves. They use piña to make many things, like clothes and bags. The word “piña” comes from the Spanish word for “pineapple.”
“Because of their characteristics — they’re very fine and strong and flexible — my idea was what if I make a mesh with these fibers, not unlike what leather is,” Hijosa said.
Piñatex dries like leather when it gets wet. It is used to make many things, including jackets and even vegan sneakers. (Reuters)