Pineapple Earth

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Pineapple Earth

Piñatex is an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile invented by Carmen Hijosa. It's a by-product of the pineapple harvest, so no extra water, fertilizers or pesticides are required. Looks like it's a good day for Spongebob Squarepants. Finally the world loves pineapples just as much as he does.


There's an enormous opening in the market for alternative materials. First there was mycelium: the roots of fungi. Mycelium can be used to literally grow a biodegradable material that can replace styrofoam and other types of plastics. Designer Eric Klarenbeek is known for his Mycelium Project, where he is exploring ways of 3D-printing living organisms such as mycelium.

Piñatex can be used as a leather alternative or textile in the fashion, accessory and upholstery markets. Sample shoes have already been made by Camper and Puma. Designer Ally Capellino has also made bags from pineapple fibres.

Looks like we've got to rename our website…

Illustration: Ricardo Fragoso