In recent years pineapple leaf fibers have inspired innovative thinking.
Nowadays, when sustainable production is being pursued in many countries of the world, the preference for natural fibers instead of petroleum-based synthetic fibers is of great importance and pineapple fibers are one of the prominent types of fibers among natural fibers. Pineapple fiber is an ideal alternative for textile production as it uses agricultural waste as well as renewable and recyclable natural resources. In this way, it becomes both environmentally and economically beneficial.
Since the pineapple plant is usually grown for its fruit, the fibers of its leaves fall into the category of agricultural waste. In this way, tons of pineapple leaf fiber can be produced each year without the need for separate irrigation, fertilization, or spraying.
Since this plant is not cultivated in our country due to the geographical location and climate, textile products made of pineapple fiber are not very common raw materials, but textile products made of pineapple fiber are very popular and valuable in areas where the pineapple plant is widely grown.
Considering their physical properties, it can be said that pineapple fibers are an ideal raw material for the textile industry. They have similarities with cotton fibers, since their structure consists of about 70% cellulose. In addition, pineapple leaf fibers, which are thin, silky fibers, also have sweat-absorbing and antibacterial properties. Compared to many other natural fibers, it also has very good mechanical properties, high strength and hardness. Fabrics made from 100% pineapple leaves look similar to linen and ramie fabrics, but have a coarser feel, so they are often used as a blend in apparel fabrics.
It can be used in a variety of ways, from shoes to hats, bags, shirts, trousers and skirts. It can also be used in home decorating products such as curtains, tablecloths, bedspreads, rugs and towels.
In recent years, it has become apparent that these fibers have become a luxury material used by many designers in countries such as France and Spain, which are considered pioneers in fashion. Hand-woven pineapple fiber fabrics are mainly used for making evening gowns, wedding dresses and similar luxury products.
Pineapple fiber combines well with recycled polyester, cotton and Lyocell/Tencel and is an eco-friendly plant fiber for trendy clothing. Since it is a natural fiber, it will not harm the soil in the long run. It is a type of fiber that can be used in many areas due to its environmentally friendly, biodegradable and excellent strength properties.
Increasing awareness of these fibers and spreading the use of natural fibers obtained from such agricultural waste are of great importance for the future of many industries, especially the textile industry.