Prepare to fall in love with pineapple leather, our vegan leather alternative. Sourced from waste pineapple leaf fiber, Piñatex® is an innovative textile that was developed for use as a sustainable alternative to both mass-produced leather and polluting synthetic materials, offering a better choice for a better future. Hozen Piñatex® handbags and Piñatex® purses are made from the leaves of the pineapple plant, the byproduct of the fruit industry, which are traditionally discarded or burned. Adding value to this waste has created a new source of income for farming communities who otherwise rely on a seasonal harvest. Once the fiber has been stripped from the leaf the leftover biomass can be retained to use as a natural fertilizer or bio-fuel, offering a further environmental prospect.
Leather has been used for thousands of years, but it is cruel and inhumane practice with a production cycle that is becoming increasingly unsustainable. Leather tanning is a complicated process, involving approximately 20 stages and 250 chemicals (including toxins and heavy metals such as hexavelent chromium, aldehyde, cyanide, zinc and lead) to halt decomposition, which are extremely damaging to both people and the environment. Synthetic alternatives such as PVC are not the solution, as these are ecologically toxic to both produce and dispose of.
Hozen Piñatex® leather bags address these issues as a sustainably sourced textile, made from a natural waste product, created low water use and low production waste, containing no harmful chemicals or animal products. Piñatex® is currently produced in farming communities in the Philippines. It is a trade that provides job security, helps to support the local economy, and strengthen the country’s exports. By supporting Hozen and purchasing pineapple vegan leather bags online, you are supporting the circular economy of pineapple farmers while doing your part to choose kindness in all ways.
We’ve got more than Piñatex bags, including grain-based leather (Core Collection) and certified-traceable recycled plastic leather (Collection 2020)