Piñatex, Something you didn´t Know about Pineapples

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Conventional leather production involves a process called tanning in which different chemicals are used to make the leather soft an attractive to the consumers. Evidence has been found that many of these substances are very harmful to the environment and the health of the workers and the communities where tanning operations are held. Chromium VI is one of the most widely used chemicals and it is believed to cause skin rash, kidney and liver damage, respiratory problems, and various types of cancer among others.


Piñatex is a “non-woven textile made from pineapple leaves´ fibers”. This technology is an alternative for conventional leather due to its durability and texture properties. Piñatex is a sub-product of pineapple production that uses the leaves that are left on the field to rotten. This makes the process very sustainable in the sense that no extra land is needed for it.


  • Textile industry.
  • Tannery workers.
  • Health authorities of leather intensive communities.


The product is fully developed, but it is in constant development to achieve a greater potential. So far brands like Puma or Camper have backed it up by using Piñatex in their products. The project is ready to go to the next level for which funding from either the private or the public sector could be useful.



3 thoughts on “Piñatex, Something you didn´t Know about Pineapples

  1. Great post! I have read about Pinatex before and it is definitely an emerging sustainable material. Another sustainable aspect is that a byproduct of the process is a biomass which can be converted into fertilizer, giving additional income to pineapple farmers.


  2. Wow this is so cool. I think it is really interesting how fashion, technology and sustainability are all crossing together. If this material gets popular and is used instead of leather what would be the agricultural ramifications of it. Would this cause a boom in the pineapple industry and would this have an affect on water demand?


  3. This is a great use of material. I’m curious as to how the pricing will be when compared to other alternatives to leather since there are several out there. Regardless, an additional alternative to leather is a better route to take.


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