Based in London, Ananas Anam Ltd manufactures and sells Pinatex. Pinatex is a natural and sustainable non-woven textile made from waste at pineapple plantations. The fibres needed are extracted from the leaves during a process called decortication. All the by-products of this process are bio-mass, which can be further converted into organic fertilizer to then grow more plants.
The product created is a strong, versatile and breathable material that has leather like properties. Currently the material can be bought as just a roll of material, but designers are already using the product to create shoes, bags and purses.
This relates to my practice as the use of this fabric could be used in soft furnishings in homes. I’m really intrigued by the possibilities of this material. In my practice I’m very excited by new uses of raw materials and products. Using a product not for its primary function is something that I do on a regular basis. Currently I’m adapting a jumper into a personal sanctuary. I’m using jewellery to weigh the garment down instead of using jewellery to embellish the whole outfit. I’m more concerned by using the metal and beads to weigh the piece down.
Design to reduce waste
Design for cyclability
Design for ethical production
Ananas Anam. (2013). Introducing Pinatex . Available: http://www.ananas-anam.com/pinatex/. Last accessed 18th Oct.