Quality Fabric: From Fruit to Fabric 

Piñatex nonwovens begin life as pineapple leaves.

Some 13 million metric tons of pineapple leaves each year typically are burned or left to rot after the fruit is harvested. Using the discarded leaves for Piñatex doesn’t require any additional land, water, fertilizer or pesticides and can provide additional income opportunities for pineapple farming communities.  

The pineapple leaves go through seven steps on their way to becoming Piñatex — harvesting, decorticating, washing, drying, degumming, nonwoven formation and finishing. Decortication involves extracting the long fibers from the leaves. Biomass generated during the process may be used as a natural fertilizer or biofuel, so nothing is wasted. After the gum is removed from the fibers, they are made into a nonwoven mesh, which is finished in Spain. The specialized finishing process gives the nonwoven material a unique character and leather-like appearance. 

Manufacturing partnerships are growing as demand for Piñatex increases

Piñatex is soft, lightweight, durable, flexible and breathable. The nonwoven has applications in a multitude of products from apparel, accessories and footwear to furniture and automotive upholstery.

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