Piñatex by Ananas Anam is a natural, non-woven material made from pineapple leaf fibre, which can be used as a sustainable alternative to leather and petroleum-based textiles.

The Piñatex journey starts in the Philippines where pineapple leaves — a by-product of the pre-existing agriculture industry — are collected. The leaves of the plant (not the fruit) are processed to extract fibres, and these are manufactured into a non-woven substrate. As the leaves are an existing by-product, no additional land, water or pesticides are required to produce Piñatex's raw material.

Since its invention, Piñatex has evolved immensely, and now offers a large range of colours, textures and finishes, still in keeping with its ethos of offering consumers a better choice for a better future. The dyes used for Piñatex are GOTS approved and the resins comply with AFIRM standards.

To learn more about the material, please contact the Building Centre's Content Specialist, Anna Marks, amarks@buildingcentre.co.uk 

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