Sustainable bags made from pineapple leaves!

Helen Turner - Maravillas bags

Who doesn't want a bag made from pineapple leaves?

I've been looking for a small over the shoulder bag for a while. Something perfect for travelling or city breaks. As most of my bags are handbags, I'm forever having to ask someone to hold it while I do things like take pictures or eat some tasty food. I've been following Maravillas Bags for a while and thought they would be the perfect brand. I was especially drawn to their vegan bags made from pineapple leaves (Piñatex)!


But What Is Piñatex?

Piñatex is a natural leather alternative (vegan) made from cellulose fibres extracted from pineapple leaves. The fibres are felted together to form a non-woven substrate. The pineapple industry globally produces 40,000 tonnes of waste pineapple leaves each year, which are usually left to rot or are burned. Approximately 480 leaves (the waste from 16 pineapple plants) are needed to create 1 square metre of material. The material uses the long leaf fibres which are separated by the pineapple farmers for additional income, the leftover biomass from the process can be used as a fertiliser.

Because Piñatex is produced from a waste product it requires no additional land, water, pesticides or fertilisers. It also avoids the use of toxic chemicals and heavy metals used in animal leather production and has none of the wastage of leather caused by the shape of the animal's skin.

Piñatex is produced in a range of colours and finishes, including a textured surface and a metallic finish. It can also be cut, stitched, embossed and embroidered for different design uses. Piñatex is vegan and unlike petroleum based synthetic leather the base mesh is compostable. Piñatex is breathable and flexible and is suitable to create bags, shoes and accessories, seat coverings and other furnishings. The textile is being further developed for use in clothing.

About Maravillas Bags

Founder Christina Bussman Otte graduated as a Fashion Designer in Italy, and worked for a number of years as a costume designer in the Berlin movie scene. She then moved to Mallorca with her family and started designing and making bags and started her own label. Maravillas Bags is now three years old, and offers handmade bags with an urban design. 

Christina's principles are to combine urban design with traditional craftmanship and high quality, natural materials. Her studio is located in Palma, and utilise local expertise to reduce the carbon footprint of her bags. Initially the bags were made from vegetable tanned leather, but more recently she has added a Vegan collection made from Piñatex.

So for all the Vegan bag lovers reading this, head on over to Maravillas Bag's and view her full collection, or check out her Instagram page @maravillasbags ! You will also see some upcoming pictures of my vegan Deia Ananas bag on my Instagram feed @helen_turner_ so keep an eye out! It's the perfect bag to take with me while I'm pounding the streets of New York this Spring!

More to come soon......