Dole is using pineapple waste to make vegan leather in a bid to cut food waste

Author: Molly Pickering

Read Time:   |  9th August 2021

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Fruit and veg producer Dole has teamed up with Ananas Anam to transform Dole's pineapple waste into Piñatex vegan leather


Dole Sunshine has announced its new partnership with vegan textiles brand Ananas Anam.

The latest collaboration will see the waste from Dole’s giant pineapple farm being reused to make Ananas’s pineapple leather material, Piñatex.

Piñatex is a vegan leather alternative made from sustainably sourced pineapple leaf fibres.

Moreover, the new partnership is part of Dole’s goal to eradicate its fruit waste by 2025.

Pineapple leather

Dole Sunshine is the world’s largest producer of fruit and veg.

The company’s pineapple plantation is based in the Philippines and is the biggest of its kind.

In the new partnership, Ananas Anam will collect Dole’s harvested pineapple plant leaves.

They will then be processed to create a non-woven mesh to form the base of the Piñatex material.

In a video annoucing the partnership, Dole explained that for every 1 ton of pineapple that is harvested, 3 tonnes of pineapple leaves are wasted.

While some of the wasted leaves will be used as a fertilizer for the soil, whatever leaves are left will eventually decay and release CO2 into the atmosphere.

Additionally, this process will also offer new income streams for subsistence farmers in the Philippines and presents the opportunity to build a scalable commercial industry for developing farming communities.

Piñatex is set to revolutionise the leather industry. Its innovative zero-waste process has already been used by global fashion brands such as Nike.

Piñatex pineapple leather life cycle

Piñatex pineapple leather life cycle

“I believe to create tangible solutions and real systemic change to address this issue”

Following the announcement, Pier-Luigi Sigismondi, global president, Dole Sunshine Company, shared: “At Dole, we believe purpose – and therefore our Promise – must permeate everything we do to address these global challenges head-on.

“I believe to create tangible solutions and real systemic change to address this issue, we need to converge our purpose with creativity, innovation, and technology.”

In addition, Dr Carmen Hijosa, Founder and Chief Creative & Innovation Officer at Ananas Anam, commented: “At Ananas Anam, we aim at meeting the challenges of our times by developing innovative products in which commercial success is integrated with, and promotes social, ecological and cultural development.

“Working closely with Dole’s teams on the ground will help us to create a wider positive social impact among farming communities and to continuously reduce our environmental footprint by valorising waste at scale.”

Want to know more about vegan leather? Find out what the best vegan leather alternatives are here.


Written by

Molly Pickering

Molly is the Digital Executive and Podcast host at Anthem's Vegan Food & Living, she also works across other titles including Women's Running and Classic Pop to create affiliate content for the website. Starting out as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Vegan Food & Living in 2021, within 14 months Molly was shortlisted for ‘Best Editorial Assistant’ at the BSME Talent Awards 2022 and won the BCS Special Recognition award for Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year in 2022

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