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Shoes Made of Pineapple Leather

(Photo: Crane)

Every year, farmers in the Philippines grow millions of pineapples, which include pineapple leaves as well as the edible fruit. Carmen Hijosa, an industrial designer, visited the Philippines and found that many people there used the discarded fibers from pineapple leaves to make fabric sacks, among other products. But for the most part, pineapple leaves were a wasted byproduct of the harvest.

Hijosa was on a quest to find a sustainable alternative to leather. She found her answer in pineapple leaves. After 7 years of work, she invented Pinatex--a leather substitute made out of pineapple leaf fibers. Like other fabrics, it can be used for bags, furniture, and even shoes, such as these prototype Pumas.

You can read more at Crane (auto-start video).

-via Unconsumption

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Piña has been used as a fabric for the Barong Taglog for many years, going back before the Spanish colonial period. Excess leaves are also fed to carabaos. I don't see how pineapple leaves are a wasted product.
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Sounds great. I work in a B2B company and have had dealings with the Dole farm in southern Philippines. Great place and huge fields of pineapples! I will wait for Puma to release those sneakers to the public.
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