SINGAPORE, July 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Dole Sunshine Firm right this moment introduced its partnership with Ananas Anam, the London-based firm behind Piñatex®, an modern, vegan and pure various to leather-based created from sustainably sourced pineapple leaf fibres. By way of the gathering and extraction of fibre from pineapple leaves from its farms in Philippines, one of many largest pineapple plantations on the earth, Dole is not solely taking one other step towards its Promise of zero fruit loss by 2025 however can be contributing to a world the place sustainable materials options have gotten more and more necessary as international way of life manufacturers search for these options for his or her merchandise.
Dole, which launched its six-prong Promise in June 2020, is dedicated to creating an instantaneous and lasting influence with regards to meals waste, eliminating processed sugar and plastics, and enhancing diet entry globally. Along with its partnership with Ananas Anam, Dole is working in the direction of a extra round economic system and discovering new packaging options for its merchandise to cut back not solely meals waste, however plastics total.
“At Dole, we consider objective – and subsequently our Promise – should permeate all the things we do to handle these international challenges head on. Addressing meals waste is completely necessary to us, as it’s linked to our enterprise and our lives in so some ways,” mentioned Pier-Luigi Sigismondi, international president, Dole Sunshine Firm. “I consider to create tangible options and actual systemic change to handle this problem, we have to converge our objective with creativity, innovation, and expertise. Our partnership with Ananas Anam coupled with international way of life manufacturers’ use of this innovation really carry this convergence to life in a brand new method.”
By way of this partnership, Ananas Anam’s Piñatex® is manufactured from ﬁber extracted from Dole’s harvested pineapple plant leaves, which when dried and processed create a non-woven mesh to kind the bottom of the sustainable materials. Using the pineapple leaf fiber additionally presents the chance to construct a scalable business trade for growing farming communities and livelihood enchancment for small scale cooperatives / growers. See partnership video here.
“At Ananas Anam, we goal at assembly the challenges of our occasions by growing modern merchandise wherein business success is built-in with, and promotes, social, ecological and cultural growth. By connecting on a deep degree with the folks we work with, we construct ecosystems which can be sure collectively, symbiotically develop collectively with the intention to result in optimistic adjustments into the world”, mentioned Dr Carmen Hijosa, Founder and Chief Inventive & Innovation Officer at Ananas Anam.
“By way of our partnership with Dole, our entity in the Philippines will entry a a lot bigger quantity of pineapple leaf fibres, to fulfill the ever-increasing demand for Piñatex® not solely in vogue, but in addition within the upholstery and automotive sectors. Working carefully with Dole’s groups on the bottom will assist us to create a wider optimistic social influence amongst farming communities and to repeatedly scale back our environmental footprint by valorising waste at scale”, mentioned Melanie Broye-Engelkes, CEO of Ananas Anam.
Piñatex® has been utilized by international way of life manufacturers together with Nike, Hugo Boss, H&M, Paul Smith and the Hilton Resort London Bankside for the world’s first vegan suite.
About Ananas Anam
London-based Ananas Anam is a B-Corp™ licensed firm liable for growing modern plant-based textiles disrupting the world of vogue supplies and main the best way in sustainability. Their pioneering strategy and progressive enterprise mannequin are pushed by inventive pondering, looking for out new ingenious applied sciences, and displaying that ethics and enterprise might be mixed efficiently. Ananas Anam’s instinctive and heartfelt need is to guard and nurture; thereby constructing a greater future for folks and planet.
About The Dole Sunshine Firm
The title Dole Sunshine Firm is used to signify the worldwide pursuits and mixed efforts of Dole Asia Holdings, Dole Worldwide Packaged Meals and Dole Asia Recent. Dole Sunshine Firm isn’t an precise enterprise entity and doesn’t function as such in any nation or area. For extra data on Dole Sunshine Firm, please go to DoleSunshine.com or SunshineForAll.com/en/blog.
SOURCE Dole Packaged Meals, LLC