Piñatex is a leather-style fabric derived from pineapple leaves. It was invented by Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa.
Piñatex is a sustainable alternative to leather. It is environmentally-friendly as it uses up leaf waste that would otherwise be left to rot. It is cruelty-free, as no animals are needed. Farmers growing pineapples gain additional income for their pineapples with this new industry.
When the material is finished with, it can be composted. The by-product of producing piñatex is biomass that can be converted into fertiliser.
At the moment, piñatex is cheaper to produce than leather. It is already been used by various companies for the production of shoes, including Puma. As a fabric, it is easy to stitch, work with, dye and print on.It meets numerous ISO standards for quality and durability (see the technical sheet at http://web.archive.org/web/20171031185117/http://www.ananas-anam.com:80/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Download-the-Technical-Sheet.pdf).
Piñatex can be used to make shoes, bags, chairs, sofas, panelling, lining, upholstery, etc.