The world is changing.
The fashion industry is changing.
The way we create things is also changing.
Pinatex, a new revolutionary material created and developed for a Spanish woman, Dr Carmen Hijosa.
But what is Pinatex?
"Pinatex is a natural, sustainable textile made from the fibres of pineapple leaves, which are the waste from the pineapple harvest. Because the leaves are the by-product of an existing industry no additional land, water, fertilizers or pesticides need to be used to product them, so the raw material has a very low environmental impact compared to other textile crops".
What is the process?
"The fibres that make Piñatex™ come from pineapple leaves. The fibres are extracted from the leaves during a process called decortication, which is done at the plantation by the farming community. Furthermore, the by-product of decortication is bio-mass, which can be further converted into organic fertilizer or bio-gas.
Both the extraction of the fibers and the consequent bio-mass will bring added revenue stream to the farming communities.
The fibres then undergo an industrial process to become a nonwoven textile, which is the base of our material Piñatex™.
The final step in the making of Piñatex™ takes place at a textile finishing company in Spain, where our unique finishing process is done before being shipped all over the world."
Is it 100% Cruelty free?
"Yes, no animal by-product is used in any stage of the production of Piñatex."
"We have been certified as “Vegan Fashion Label” by PETA* and received their Innovation Award (2015), which was a first for a raw material."
What about Pinatex uses?
"Piñatex is a mass-produced sustainable and versatile textile oriented to the following industrial sectors :
FASHION AND ACCESSORIES
CAR AND AERONAUTIC INDUSTRIES"
Where can we find bags made of Pinatex?
At Velvety, you can find some beautiful bags from the brand Maravillas Bags, Camille, Eve & Adis, Grey Whale and The Ahimsa Collective. Have a look here: www.velvety.com.au
Velvety is an ethical but also vegan online store based in Melbourne, Australia.
All products you can purchase from us are fairly made and cruelty free. You can also find a great variety of upcycled and organic fashion products but also a beautiful range of vegan beauty and our own label of eco soy candles.