Leather is a commodity that a lot of people use in their daily lives. We use them for bags and wallets. They adorn our furniture. We use them for shoes. But using leather comes at the cost of cows’ lives. This is why, while leather might be a popular fabric choice for most people, those who are against using animals for anything other than survival aren’t exactly big fans of leather.
Luckily, there’s one other source of leather that Carmen Hijosa saw and discovered. Carmen was visiting the Philippines when she was introduced by the locals to the use of pineapple leaves to create fabrics, particularly for the Philippine national attire – the Barong.
The Barong, the national attire of the Philippines, is made using pineapple fibers.
After extensive research on pineapple leaves as an alternative to conventional textiles, she invented a sustainable leather alternative made from the fibers of pineapple leaves.
Who would have thought that the leaves of a pineapple plant can become leather?
Carmen then founded a startup called Piñatex™, which manufactures these fibers and turns them into durable leather and incidentally also the name of the leather they produce. Now, this new fiber is seen as a possible alternative to leather by the fashion industry.
Pinatex leather samples.
In addition to that, Piñatex™ has also received numerous awards including the Award of Material Innovation from the Arts Foundation in the UK. Piñatex™ has also been certified as “Vegan Fashion Label” by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Carmen Hijosa working on a leather sample.
Piñatex™ has given Filipino farmers even more income due to the demand for pineapple fibers, and the world now has a cruelty-free, vegan option for leather!
For more information on Piñatex™, visit their website and check out the variety of leather goods they have!
16 Expert Trolls Who Took Humor To The Next Level
#4 takes so much dedication.
Trolls. What would the entire internet experience - or in fact, our existence - be like without them? Perhaps a little less interesting?
While, yes, there are many out there who can really be annoying (particularly the bigots and racists who hide in the shadows of anonymity, trying to shove their opinions down our throats), it’s also worth noting that there are many who can be very entertaining.
Case in point, these 16 expert level trolls you will see below will probably make your day. They’re actually hilarious as hell!
Japanese Woman Repopulates Her Town With Life-sized Dolls
Now she doesn’t feel so alone anymore.
In the quiet and sleepy town of Nagoro, Japan, the streets are bustling with people - some are waiting for the bus while young men are chopping wood for later use.
Indeed, the streets are full of people, but they are not moving. Actually, scrap that - they're not, in fact, people. They're dolls, created skillfully by Tsukimi Ayano.
These Awesome Chefs Are Turning Rio’s Leftovers Into Meals For The Poor
Slow clap for these fine gentlemen!
An alarming United Nations report tells us that we, humans, waste around 30% to 40% of all the food we produce. Ironically, however, we are also told that there are about 800 million people in the world that suffer hunger on a daily basis.
That’s kind of sad, isn’t it? Well fortunately, some people are doing something to reduce the number for both.
In the ongoing Rio Olympics, to be specific, some chefs have joined forces to turn leftovers into something useful.
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