Vegan Leather?

July 21, 2016


I am often torn between plastic and leather when specifying. Perhaps Pinatex™ is the solution?

Piñatex™ is a non-woven textile made from the long fibres found in pineapple leaves, which are a by-product from the pineapple harvest.

Piñatex™ can be printed on, stitched and cut and is available in various thicknesses, finishes and applications. It is currently produced on 155cm width textile rolls.

Piñatex™ is tested according to ISO international standards for strength, light & colour fastness and durability (technical details for Piñatex™)
I’m putting a question mark beside the sustainability of this product. I love the idea of using a plant-based alternative to leather but the website doesn’t say if it’s biodegradable or compostable and I’d be interested in hearing more about the sustainability of pineapple farming. That said vegan leather sounds promising and i for one will be watching this space.

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