Blending Traditional Practice with High Technology, Piñatex® Creates A Better Future for Pineapples Farmers.
Created from seven, painstaking years of research and development, Piñatex® is a marvel of the unthinkable: blending traditional practice with high-technology. Prior to belonging in your wardrobe, Piñatex® undergoes a seven step production process that involves re-implementing the ancient practice of decortication before applying an advanced manufacturing method. Aside from providing a more sustainable option to the Fashion Industry, Piñatex® as a business, opens a new stream of income for pineapples farmers. Here we summarise the seven steps of the manufacturing process to keep you well-informed about this non-woven textile and fashion items made from this material.
Step one starts from collection, wherein farmers collect pineapples leaves, the by -product of pineapple agriculture to undergo manufacturing process. This follows with decortication, generally known as peeling out layers from a structure with their bare hands to extract fibers. In the context of Piñatex®, farmers operate a decorticating machine to extract the pineapple fibers before compiling them to be cleaned with streaming water. Once purified, farmers hang up the fibers to dry naturally. The process continues with degumming or shredding the fibers and this transforms the raw material into the base of the Piñatex® textile. The non-woven textile is then transported to Spain to undergo a specialised finishing process, which is known as coating the textile with a material that gives it a leather like appearance. As a company that offers a vegan alternative to leather, Ananas Anam is targeting a niche market, particularly customers who are looking for free-dairy lifestyle products.
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