Pnatex by Ananas Anam, pineapple leather, pina leather, piña leather, alternative leather, automotive leather, next-gen leather for cars, cactus leather, MII Next-gen Materials.
Ananas Anam
Material Name: 

Piñatex®

Biomimicry: 

Leather

Main Input: 

Plant-derived

Founded: 

2011

HQ: 

United Kingdom

TRL: 

5

Founder(s): 

Dr Carmen Hijosa

Website: 
About the Company

Dr. Carmen Hijosa founded Ananas Anam to develop an alternative to animal-based leather. In the 1990s, she worked in the Philippines as a consultant in leather exports and became aware of the detrimental environmental impact of animal leathers. Inspired by the use of pineapple leaf fibers in textiles, she wanted to explore using this raw material to create nonwoven fabric. Her background in design and further study at the Royal College of Art in London led to the creation of Piñatex. ​

Material

Piñatex is a next-gen composite material created from pineapple leaf fibers and polylactic acid in a patented process. The fibers are sourced from small farms in the Philippines, providing additional income to farmers and diverting waste that would otherwise be burned. Bio-based polyurethane (PU) is employed in small amounts to provide durability and waterproofing. Ananas Anam does not market its product Piñatex® as a substitute for leather, however, given the common application of this material to achieve leather-like qualities, we have categorized it under next-gen leather.

Technology

Piñatex is derived primarily from plant matter. After pineapple harvest, plant leaves are collected and fibers are machine extracted, washed, and then either sun or oven dried, depending on the season. Fibers are purified using the company’s patented enzymatic process that preserves fiber strength and quality without the use of harsh chemicals. The purified fiber is mixed with corn-based polylactic acid (PLA) to produce Piñafelt, a non-woven mesh that is the base of all Piñatex collections. These rolls of Piñafelt are sent to facilities in Europe for finishing.

Applications

Piñatex has been on the market since 2016 and is available in multiple collections. Piñatex is used by hundreds of designers for clothing, footwear, and accessories in the fashion industry, as well as for upholstery in the home goods and automotive industry. See their website (https://www.ananas-anam.com/products/) for dozens of examples of products using Piñatex.

Selected Brand Partnerships

Hugo Boss, H&M, Hilton London, Nike.

Bompass & Parr Vegan Suite at Hilton Bankside Hotel in London sofa and cushions with Piñatex® from Ananas Anam

Bompass & Parr Vegan Suite at Hilton Bankside Hotel in London sofa and cushions with Piñatex® from Ananas Anam

H&M 2019 Conscious Collection jacket and boots made with Piñatex®

H&M 2019 Conscious Collection jacket and boots made with Piñatex®

Marici bag made with Piñatex by Ananas Anam

Marici bag made with Piñatex by Ananas Anam