We designed for MAAR Fragrances the 10ml roll-on and its cover : a sleeve protecting the roll-on made from pineapple leaves! Finally we found a plastic-free vegan leather.
This material is known as Piñatex® and is manufactured by Ananas Anam a for-profit company with a positive social impact and low environmental impact.
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.
Leather has been used for thousands of years, however as the industry demands more and cheaper supply, its production has become environmentally unsustainable.
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. The leaves are the byproduct of existing agriculture, and their use creates an additional income stream for farming communities on the Philippines.
This textile 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. 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 gets mixed with a corn based polylactic acid and undergoes a mechanical process to create Piñafelt, a non-woven mesh which forms the base of all Piñatex collections.
Over 1000 brands worldwide, have already used this new material, for fashion, accessories and upholsteryand.