Duffle&co is one of the first brands in New Zealand to start using pineapple leather. This innovative material is completely vegan, durable and is made from pineapple leaves, which would otherwise be wasted after harvest. It also creates a secondary source of income for pineapple farmers in developing countries who otherwise rely on seasonal work.
As they develop, duffle&co are actively looking for more sustainable materials to use when creating products. Pineapple leather stood out not only for its sustainability factor, but for the positive impact it has on local communities. They're not stopping here though - they are currently looking to reintroduce hemp, bamboo and recycled materials into their product range, alongside pineapple leather and organic cotton.
"We love it because of its sustainable nature and the fact that it supports local communites around the world, which is a huge driver for our brand."
- Freya Lewis, Operations Manager, duffle&co
What is Pineapple Leather?
Pineapple leather is made from the leaves of the pineapple plant, which is a by-product of the pineapple industry. The raw material does not require any additional resources to grow and is free from pesticides and chemicals, meaning it does not harm people or the planet in the production process. Its strong and lightweight nature makes it a versatile material that can be used for furnishings, bags, shoes and other products.