As consumers and designers are becoming more aware of the materials used in their products, new innovations are being developed to meet the need for sustainable textiles. From organic materials to less chemicals used in the production process, manufacturers are testing the limits on what can function and succeed in the consumer and commercial textile markets.
Here are three recent innovations in textile technology that are addressing the issue of sustainability and alternative materials:
Piñatex™ from Ananas Anam
Image courtesy of Ananas Anam.
Ananas Anam has developed an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile called Piñatex™ made from pineapple leaves fibers. Piñatex has evolved from seven years of research and development to create a natural textile from waste plant fibers.
Piñatex harnesses advanced technologies to create a totally sustainable high performance natural textile. Original development leading to Piñatex™ took place in the Philippines, but finishing, research and continuing development are now being undertaken in the UK and Spain.
Piñatex provides new additional income for farmers while creating a vibrant new industry for pineapple growing countries. Piñatex fibres are the by-product of the pineapple harvest. No extra land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce them.
Piñatex involves a patented pending technology that protects both the process and the finished material.
The fibers that make Piñatex™ come from pineapple leaves. The fibers 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. The fibers then undergo an industrial process to become a non-woven textile. The final step in the making of Piñatex™ takes place at a textile finishing company in Spain.
Orange Fiber from Salvatore Ferragamo