How does that work? Just ask the crew at Piñatex, who’ve managed to create a leather-alternative textile out of (often discarded) pineapple leaves. To make the material, long fibers from the waste leaves are extracted and turned into a non-woven mesh that, when fully processed, is “soft and flexible, yet very durable,” says the website.
The new material is now being used by designers to make everything from purses and watch bands to shoes and furniture upholstery.
The latest get might be the sustainable company’s biggest yet—a partnership with fashion giant Hugo Boss. The brand recently released a limited-edition line of mens’ sneakers made from Piñatex, recycled plastic, organic cotton, and natural plant-based dyes. The sharp-looking kicks, which come in four colors, are priced at $348 a pair.
Now all we really need is a pair of flip flops made from pineapples and we’re set.
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