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The 'leather' pineapple fibres can be used to make bags and shoes.<br />
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A designer has come up with a wacky sustainable alternative to leather that you would normally find in your fruit bowl - the pineapple.<br />
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Piñatex is a leather-like material that can be used to make shoes, handbags, clothes and furnishings, but it is made from the fibres of pineapple leaves.<br />
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The textile can be waxed to look like leather, stamped to look like snakeskin or given a metallic finish for a luxury look. <br />
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And, unlike leather, it has little impact on the environment because it is a by-product of the pineapple farming industry in the Philippines that would otherwise be left to rot.