Leather is a key ingredient in our day-to-day lives. It is used in everything from bags and briefcases to belts and boots.
Unfortunately, the leather industry is a major polluter.
However, substitutes are beginning to enter the market.
Piñatex is the latest company to develop an eco-friendly leather substitute. The company produces its faux-leather from the natural fibers of a pineapple leaf.
The pineapple fibers are extracted from leaves, degummed, and processed into a mesh.
This mesh is then transported to Spain for finishing into a soft, flexible, leather-like textile.
Its founder, Dr. Carmen Hijosa, launched the company through the InnovationRCA business incubator at the Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom.
Over 60% of the world’s clothing is made of plastic.
This plastic comes with names like nylon, polyester, and acrylic.
Repeated washing of these materials leads to micro-plastics being released into the environment.
Plastic is also a key part of most fake leathers.
Typically, fake leather is made of knitted polyester with a polyurethane coating.
To reduce the amount of micro-plastics entering our environment, see if you can find retailers offering leather and other fabrics that are plastic-free.