Love the look of leather but prefer not to use animal products? You may want to check out pineapple leather, the latest vegan craze taking off around the world.
WHAT IS PINEAPPLE LEATHER?
Pineapple leather is leather made from the leaves of pineapples. Also referred to as Pinatex, it was first made by the company Ananas Anam, where research was conducted for years to find the right texture for the material.
HOW DOES PINEAPPLE LEATHER WORK?
Pineapple leather is made from waste plant fibers of the pineapple. During the pineapple harvest, these byproducts are put aside and later recycled into pineapple leather. There are no pesticides or extra fertilizer used to produce the material. The pineapples are sourced from the Philippines, and the product is made in Spain.
Ananas Anam hopes that in time, production of pineapple leather will spread to other countries and give farmers a new way to use up all their byproducts and open fresh markets where they can sell their produce.
WHAT DOES PINEAPPLE LEATHER DO?
Pineapple leather can do virtually anything regular leather can do. It's sturdy and durable, and people have used it in a variety of ways despite the fact that it has only been around for a short time.
Pineapple leather has been used by fashion design companies to produce wallets and purses. Since experts in the fashion industry are becoming more and more interested in using materials that don't impact animals, pineapple leather could become the most popular vegan leather yet.
THE BENEFITS OF USING PINEAPPLE LEATHER
A few benefits of using pineapple leather include:
- Sustainable: The entire pineapple is used with pineapple leather, and it's biodegradable.
- Vegan: No animal products are used in its making.
- Lower Price: Pineapple leather is cheaper than traditional leather.
CARE FOR YOUR PINEAPPLE LEATHER THE RIGHT WAY
Pineapple leather still requires cleaning and protection, and Furniture Clinic offers products such as our top-rated leather protection creamthat conditions, protects, nourishes and cleans - perfect for various types of leather, from furniture to clothes, shoes and handbags. Order $25 or more, and you'll receive free shipping on our products. You can also find more DIY tips for leather, fabric and wood by visiting our e-Learning Center where we provide custom solutions to a variety of repair and restoration problems.