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OUR SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

PIÑATEX

Finally, clever people in clever places have answered our prayers and developed a way to make new shit out of old shit.

Pinatex® is a natural and sustainable non-woven textile made from the fibres of pineapple leaves. Essentially a bi-product of the pineapple farming industry. 

The pineapple leaves are stripped into fine fibres through a process called decortication. These fibres are converted into a 'mesh' like material and then go through a manufacturing process. Voilà - Pinatex is made. As pineapple leaves are a waste product of an existing worldwide industry, no additional land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are needed; as such, the production of the leaves has virtually no environmental impact.

In fact, the production of Pinatex has quite the positive environmental impact as 'biomass' is produced in the decortication process. This 'bio-mass' can then be converted into organic fertilizer or biogas and sold. Therefore, both the extraction of the fibres and the production of biomass can provide additional revenue streams to pineapple farming communities. This material really does just keep on giving!

Pinatex offers a viable sustainable alternative to leather, as it is strong, durable, flexible, light and breathable, not to mention the added benefits of animal and human welfare. Bringing it right back to our Ahimsa ethos.

In the leather industry, toxic chemicals are used in the tanning process, which has a terrible impact on workers health. Pinatex uses no harmful chemicals in its production. Big thumbs up for animals, humans and the environment.

While Piñatex substrate is made of natural fibres and polylactic acid fibres (PLA) which is 100% biodegradable, the resins used for the coating are currently not biodegradable. We are however excited to know that Ananas Anam is working on a bio-based coating which will take Piñatex to the forefront of sustainability.

Ethical, social and environmental responsibility are upheld at every stage of production, and the development of this innovative material is creating a safe industry for farmers in pineapple growing countries. The Ahimsa Collective couldn’t be prouder to be supporting such a new ethical and sustainable player in the textile game.


Browse our Pinatex range, now.

DEADSTOCK

The intention of everything we do is to ensure we place no extra demand on the planet's limited resources, and as such, this ethos starts from the very sourcing of materials. We use a number of different materials in addition to the Pinatex, which come from the fashion and other industries waste. This means materials like off-cuts from high-end fashion houses, or wrong orders of colour, type or length.

Working with an Australian company who intercept these discarded materials and dead stock, we reuse it in our bags. From the linings and structure of our products to what some of our products are mostly made up on.

While we long to see the day where there is no more Dead Stock, we know there is still a lot out there. begging for a little shine, a little love and a whole new lease on life.


WASHABLE PAPER

Our Washable Paper products are produced in Europe.

The manufacturer we choose to work with is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Certified, which is a symbol of the guarantee of textiles tested for harmful substances.

This guarantee is published by an independent research institute OEKO-TEX® holding professional laboratories around the world, which carry out detailed studies of textiles. All OEKO-TEX® institutes are the same throughout the world and uphold the same level of high-quality expectations.

FSC Certified (Forest Stewardship Council) who our partner is Certified by, are awarded wood forest products, such as furniture, paper, floor coverings, windows, doors, musical instruments and treeless forest products such as maple syrup, rubber or Brazil nuts. The scope of this certification covers the first stage of the production chain which is the extraction of the raw material.

The main criteria and the reason we choose to work with our partner is that the FSC includes aspects such as:

  • Protection against illegal use and construction in forest areas
  • Ensuring the right to use the forest resources of indigenous peoples and local communities
  • Protecting the wellbeing and safety of forest workers
  • The protection of rare and endangered animals and their habitat
  • Limitation of the use of chemical plant protection products (especially pesticides), fertilizers and biological control
  • Strict monitoring and monitoring of the use of alien species
  • Maintenance or improvement of the condition of forests of high conservation value
  • A ban on new plantations at the expense of natural forests and semi-natural

View our Washable Paper Collection.

OUR PACKAGING

We follow our no-waste ethos all the way through to delivery of your new items, and the packaging they are packed and arrive in.

The boxes we use for all of our items are 100% Recycled, Australian Made cardboard and are printed using soy-based inks. Which means no nasty toxins in our waterways through the printing process.

It was important to us that our packaging and boxes were aesthetically pleasing, had longevity and acted as a safe place for your AC items or other bits-and-bobs, as well as being environmentally friendly. 

These boxes are then placed in our external Ahimsa Collective branded ‘plastic’ mailer. 'Plastic' meaning that it isn't really plastic. Our mailers are in fact biodegradable and will break down in your compost.

Inside our mailer and box packaging, we have our delicate tissue paper which is potentially our favourite packaging item. It is completely acid-free and FSC certified and the ink used here is also soy-based. Our partner who we work closely with plant trees in areas of need, for every order we place.

In addition, our internal cards which contain information you need to keep your newfound friendship going long, are made from 100% recycled material.