Thailand developed new eco-friendly leather from pineapple leaves and rubber

Thailand has developed a new eco-friendly leather from pineapple leaves and rubber
Photo credit: Mahidol University

Researchers at Mahidol University have developed an innovative leather made from pineapple leaf fibers (PALF) and natural rubber (NR). This material surpasses other plant-based and mushroom-based leathers in strength and sustainability, Kazinform News Agency reports.

The production process uses waste pineapple leaves, making it environmentally friendly. The fibers are formed into non-woven sheets and coated with natural latex rubber. The best results were achieved with a 50/50 ratio of PALF and NR, especially with treated fibers (TPALF), which showed high softness and flexibility.

Thailand has developed a new eco-friendly leather from pineapple leaves and rubber
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This biodegradable and plastic-free material significantly reduces the carbon footprint, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional leather.

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