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 colors, 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.

Piñatex is a versatile, lightweight and durable material, making it suitable for use across fashion and interior furnishings. Ananas Anam is also developing the material further, to be strong enough to penetrate the automotive industry in the near future.

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