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Leather Alternatives

California: Doshi Presents New Accessories Using Luxury Vegan Leathers

Doshi, an eco-friendly, luxury vegan brand of work, leisure, and travel accessories, reveals a new line of products made with innovative cruelty-free materials. Handbags, backpacks, wallets, money clips, belts, and cardholders made with microfibre vegan leather, kraft paper, and Piñatex are among the company’s newly presented creations. Based in California and founded by Paras Doshi, the company designs and creates 100% vegan alternatives for customers with ethical, religious, or environmental concerns. “We would love to share our mission and message with the world. And let more people understand that they do not have to give up on quality or style when switching to ethical and sustainable accessories,” says Doshi. Durable, cruelty-free accessories Doshi is constantly researching new durable, cruelty-free materials with a luxurious appeal that …


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ABIS Raises Pre-Series A Funding to “Pioneer the Sustainable Fashion Movement in India” With Piñatex And Desserto Leather

A Big Indian Story recently announced the completion of its pre-series A funding round. The company is the first Indian fashion brand to launch a vegan collection featuring Piñatex and Desserto leather and aims to “pioneer the sustainable fashion movement in India.” A Big Indian Story (ABIS), a Pune-based D2C sustainable fashion firm, has closed its pre-series A round, co-led by startup-investor Bestvantage Investments and other angel investors. The company aims to become an Indian leader in sustainable fashion by maximizing impact through ethical production and the introduction of better materials. Piñatex and Desserto Pinatex and Desserto are among the first sustainable leather alternatives to become available at scale and pioneered the sustainable fashion movement by introducing plant-based biomaterials made from upcycled pineapple leaves and …




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Piñatex Continues to Create Impact at Scale With New ZARA Collaboration

London-based B-Corp Ananas Anam announces a new collaboration with fast-fashion giant ZARA featuring a range of sneakers, sandals, and accessories made from the company’s next-gen pineapple leather PIÑATEX® . Ananas Anam is convinced that “anything can be achieved as long as all actors in the fashion industry work together towards the same goal.” By providing what it claims to be the most sustainable plant-based alternative to leather commercially available at scale, PIÑATEX® is in an optimum position to partner with ZARA and other fashion brands to increase the plant–based componentry in their products and enhance overall sustainability. PIÑATEX® is the material of choice for hundreds of vegan and sustainable fashion brands around the world, including global lifestyle brands such as Nike, H&M, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, …


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Dole Wins Creative Business Transformation Award for Pineapple-Based Alt-Leather

Dole Sunshine Company, the world’s largest fruit and vegetable producer, has won the Grand Prix for Creative Business Transformation at the Cannes Lions Awards. Dole was recognised for its collaboration with Ananas Anam, a company using upcycled pineapple leaves to produce an animal-free leather alternative called Piñatex. For the past year, Dole has been supplying Ananas with pineapple leaves that would otherwise be wasted, benefitting the environment and both companies. Research indicates that Dole has made over $100 million through the collaboration, while Piñatex is now used by over 1000 companies as a result. These include major brands such as Nike, Saucony, and H&M. “One thing really powerful in this was the idea of waste,” Jury President Ronald Ng told AdAge. “Reaching out to Ananas …


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Ananas Anam Announces Saucony Partnership for Vegan Pineapple Footwear

Ananas Anam, the producer of vegan pineapple leather alternative Piñatex, has announced a new collaboration with US footwear brand Saucony. The partnership sees the launch of Saucony’s classic Jazz Court RFG made with Piñatex and available now.  London-based B-Corp Ananas Anam has supplied Piñatex as the substitute material for all components and overlays that are usually made with leather in Saucony’s latest release, as the athletic brand looks toward a sustainable business transformation. The Jazz Court RFG are finished with hemp laces and plant-based mesh for a more sustainable look and feel.  The move follows a similar collaboration with sports giant Nike to produce its Happy Pineapple Collection – a collection of seven sneaker editions across five styles made with the latest generation Piñatex.  Zero …


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Piñatex by Ananas Anam: “We Are Not Only Developing New Materials For a New World, But Also Building a New Plant-Based Ecosystem”

London-based B-Corp Ananas Anam has just celebrated the fifth anniversary of the commercialization of Piñatex – the innovative natural textile that has taken the fashion world by storm. Made from waste pineapple leaf fiber, the brand claims that Piñatex is the most sustainable plant-based alternative to leather commercially available at scale today. Following a range of fashion collaborations, including with Nike and Mārīcī, Ananas Anam recently penned a historic deal with Dole Sunshine Company – the world’s largest producer of fruit and vegetables, to source raw material for its next-gen materials. We had the great pleasure to speak with Melanie Broyé-Engelkes, CEO of Ananas Anam, to talk about the future of fruit and fashion. Piñatex was the first natural, vegan alternative to leather to really …


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Dole Sunshine Company, World’s Largest Producer of Fruit & Veg, Partners With Ananas Anam to Upcycle Pineapple Waste

The Dole Sunshine Company – the world’s largest producer of fruit and vegetables – this week announced its partnership with Ananas Anam, the London-based creators of Piñatex, a vegan leather made from sustainably sourced pineapple leaf fibres. The collaboration is part of Dole’s commitment to achieve zero fruit loss by 2025. Ananas Anam is a B-Corp™ certified company responsible for developing innovative plant-based textiles disrupting the world of fashion materials and leading the way in sustainability. Its pineapple leather product Piñatex has been used by global lifestyle brands including Nike, Hugo Boss, H&M, Paul Smith and the Hilton Hotel London Bankside for the world’s first vegan suite. Through this partnership, Ananas Anam will produce Piñatex from fiber extracted from Dole’s harvested pineapple plant leaves, which …


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Iconic UK Department Store Selfridges to Home Mārīcī Vegan Bags Made from Piñatex

Starting on July 8, exclusive UK department store Selfridges will host plant-based accessory brand Mārīcī. The London-based fashion house Mārīcī crafts luxury bags from revolutionary leather alternative Piñatex – the ground-breaking vegan material taking the fashion world by storm.  Mārīcī is a circular design slow fashion brand that produces artisan vegan bags in Venice, Italy, and will appear in Selfridges as part of the iconic store’s ‘Project Earth’ luxury designer edit – exploring design innovations and retail concepts centered around sustainability. Mārīcī will be the only brand represented currently using Piñatex, the next-gen material made from waste pineapple leaves and famed for its sustainability credentials. The PETA-approved material also recently hit the news for its footwear collaboration with Nike.  Made by UK-based Ananas Anam, Piñatex …


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Nike Reveals Happy Pineapple Collection Made from Piñatex Pineapple Leather

Nike has unveiled its latest range of sustainable footwear with its Happy Pineapple Collection. Featuring seven new editions, the range is made with the latest generation Piñatex, a sustainable plant-based alternative to leather made using pineapple leaves. “Design is a connecting tool between people, economics and the environment” The collection comprises seven sneaker editions across five styles; the Free Run Trail Premium, the Air Max 90, the Air Max 95, Air Force One, and the Air-Zoom Type. Complete with an embroidered pineapple graphic as a nod to the range’s sustainable credentials, the move is part of Nike’s Move to Zero initiative with the aim of becoming carbon neutral. Made from pineapple leaves which are the byproduct of existing agriculture, Piñatex is a natural, sustainably sourced, …


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Bohema Clothing Uses Pineapple, Cactus and Apple Leather For New Dystopian Collection

Streetwear brand Bohema Clothing uses vegan materials such as ecological silicone, and makes sweatshirts made of organic cotton and wallets made of apple leather. Bohema states to vegconomist that it was the first brand in the world to offer shoes made of the cactus leather Desserto, and the first on the Polish market to produce shoes made pineapple and apple leather from Pinatex.


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Vegan Business Solidarity: Ten Plant-Based Leaders Reveal Their Favourite Vegan Companies

In these uncertain times when many businesses are suffering hardship or even facing closure, we at vegconomist reached out to plantbased leaders across the globe and asked them to nominate their most-loved vegan business, which they feel is deserving of love and support from the vegan community right now.


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No Saints: Innovative New Vegan Footwear From Australia

No Saints is a new Australian footwear company that is out to buck the status quo, offering unisex shoes that are better for animals, people and the planet. Launching today, the brand is committed to being at the forefront of technology and is constantly on the lookout for new vegan materials, such as pineapple leather and apple leather, which support the company ethos.


H&M Conscious Exclusive collection

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H&M Launches Sustainable Collection Including Pineapple Leather Line

Last week high street fashion brand H&M celebrated its new Conscious Exclusive collection with a launch party in LA.The new spring 2019 H&M Conscious Exclusive collection introduces three new sustainable materials: Piñatex, a natural leather alternative made from cellulose fibers extracted from pineapple leaves; BLOOM Foam, a plant-based flexible foam using algae biomass; and Orange Fiber, sustainable silk-like fabrics made from citrus by-products.