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      The leaves are the byproduct of existing agriculture, and their use creates an additional income stream for farming communities. Piñatex® is a natural, sustainably-sourced, cruelty free material

      Ananas Anam is a for-profit company with a positive social impact and low environmental impact.

      We aim to meet the challenges of our times by developing innovative products in which commercial success is integrated with, and promotes, social, ecological and cultural development.

       

      Social Impact

      Ananas Anam supports rural farming communities by working directly with farming cooperatives to create an additional stream of income to pineapple farmers.

       

      Piñatex® is made from the leaves of the pineapple plant, the byproduct of the fruit industry, which are traditionally discarded or burned. Adding value to this waste has created a new source of income for farming communities who otherwise rely on a seasonal harvest. Once the fibre has been stripped from the leaf the leftover biomass can be retained to use as a natural fertiliser or bio-fuel, offering a further environmental prospect.

      We currently work with farming communities in the Philippines, and as we develop will have the opportunity to work with other pineapple growing countries, supporting local economies and strengthening their exports.

       

      Environmental Impact

      Leather has been used for thousands of years, however as the industry demands more – and cheaper – supply, its production has become environmentally unsustainable.

       

      PIÑATEX®

      • No additional environmental resources required for raw material.
      • No chemicals on the Cradle2cradle list of banned substances used in production.
      • Closed loop production – residual leaf biomass is used as natural fertilizer/biofuel.
      • Non-woven mesh is biodegradable.

      LEATHER & SYNTHETIC ALTERNATIVES

      • Heavy use of resources including land, water, food and fuel.
      • Toxic chemicals used in tanning and production have detrimental impact on health and environment.
      • High waste mass from tanning process.
      • Synthetic materials take many years to degrade, releasing toxins.

      Tanning is a complicated process, involving approximately 20 stages and 250 chemicals (including toxins and heavy metals such as hexavelent chromium, aldehyde, cyanide, zinc and lead) to halt decomposition, which are extremely damaging to both people and the environment.

      Synthetic alternatives such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) are not the solution, as these are ecologically toxic to both produce and dispose of.

      Piñatex® addresses these issues as a sustainably sourced textile, made from a natural waste product, created low water use and low production waste, containing no harmful chemicals or animal products.

      Circular Economy

      Ananas Anam works to the values of a circular economy, combining research and innovation to enhance the well-being of the earth and its people throughout the entire life cycle of the product.

      Our inspiration is the *Cradle to Cradle® approach, which supports ecological, intelligent and innovative design policies within today’s economic environment.

      Piñatex® is an innovative textile that was developed for use as a sustainable alternative to both mass-produced leather and polluting synthetic materials, offering a better choice for a better future


      Piñatex® is made of fibre from the waste leaves of the pineapple plant. These leaves are a by-product from existing pineapple harvest, so the raw material requires no additional environmental resources to produce.

      After pineapple harvest, the suitable plant leaves which are left behind are collected in bundles and the long fibres are extracted using semi-automatic machines.

      The fibres are washed then dried naturally by the sun, or during the rainy season in drying ovens. The dry fibres go through a purification process to remove any impurities which results in a fluff-like material.

      This fluff-like pineapple leaf fibre (PALF) gets mixed with a corn based polylactic acid (PLA) and undergoes a mechanical process to create Piñafelt, a non-woven mesh which forms the base of all Piñatex collections.

      The rolls of Piñafelt are then shipped by boat from the Philippines to Spain or Italy for specialised finishing.

      To make the Original, Pluma and Mineral collections, the Piñafelt is coloured using GOTS certified pigments and a resin top coating is applied to give additional strength, durability and water resistance. A foil is heat pressed on to create the Metallic collection and a high solid PU transfer coating is used to create Piñatex Performance.

      Piñatex is fit for use across fashion, accessories & upholsteryand has been used by over 1000 brands worldwide including Hugo Boss, H&M and the Hilton Hotel Bankside.

       

      In making Piñatex, 264 Co2 tons saved by using instead of burning 825 tons of waste leaves from the pineapple harvest – the burning of which would release the equivalent of 264 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

      This is equivalent to charging more than 33 million smartphones.


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