The history of Pinatex, otherwise known as vegan leather

Here’s a link to the history as to how vegan leather came to be. BTW, it should be laser ready. Enjoy!


Interesting material. I wonder about its durability compared to leather.
Thanks for the link!

And here’s another article:

I haven’t seen anywhere that you can actually buy it yet, though.


Just add rum!

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If anyone has worked with it , or knows where to get it now, please let us know.

This is certainly not the only kind of vegan leather out there, but I do like that it’s apparently pretty easily made out of pineapple leaves.

Here’s the company’s website:

I suspect you could get more information by sending them a message.

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The leather substitute I’m most familiar with is naugahyde. Mainly in the form of these guys:

Apparently PVC is involved in naugahyde so it’s a no go on the laser.


The guys in the Reactor Department on my ship claimed that there was no such thing as nuclear power back in the 60s & 70s— each reactor had thousands of these guys running in hamster wheels that generated the power. As a cost recovery method, their hides were sold to the furniture industry. :wink:


Sent them a message a month ago and just got a response. The first one asked about what kind of business I had. The second was this automated one:

This is an automated message, please do not reply to this e-mail.

Thank you for your email.

Due to the strong interest generated by Pi?atex worldwide we receive a great number of requests daily, so we appreciate your patience as we review your enquiry. Our team will be in contact within 10 working days.

Pi?atex is a brand-to-brand textile product and currently available for commercial orders only. We regret that due to limited production capacity we are not currently able to accommodate all requests for samples or supply.

For further information about Pi?atex please see the FAQ section and technical specifications on our website.

Kind regards,

Ananas Anam Ltd
InnovationRCA, Royal College of Art
20 Howie Street, Dyson Building
SW11 4AS London
United Kingdom

I have one of these in my attic! (My folks had a naugahyde couch at some point.)

Fortunately not any longer… the doll is a rather lurid yellow. :joy: