Ananas Anam has been on our radar for a while, launching into the vegan leather space with its PLA-based Piñatex leather alternative, made partially from pineapple leaves. While we commend the effort to find new feedstocks for leather-like substitutes, the bioplastic component of its leading material is somewhat disappointing.
What we do champion, however, is the company’s dedication to supporting the agricultural workers from which it sources its pineapple leaves. And the advent of a new pineapple-based, plastic-free fibre - PiñaYarn - gives us high hopes that Ananas Anam is steering towards a future fibre basket that’s nutrient rich, socially responsible and scalable. Time will tell.