You can stunt on the ‘Gram with these vegan trainers made from pineapples
We’re big fans of eco-friendly fashion that looks good. Because who doesn’t want to save the planet and do it in style?
A Dutch footwear brand, Mercer Amsterdam, is helping us do exactly that with a pair of trainers made out of pineapple.
Don’t worry, it’s not the delicious yellow fruity bit that we’ve been trying to feast upon, it’s the pineapple leaves that Mercer Amsterdam have been using.
It turns out you can use the green stuff and make leather out of it that’s much better for the environment.
They’ve worked with Piñatex, a team of experts who make leather alternatives from the leaves of the pineapple plant, a natural and sustainably sourced, cruelty-free material.
And the team are calling the shoes the world’s first vegan sneakers.
So if you’re already on a plant-based diet, you might as well make sure your cosmetics, clothes and now shoes are vegan too.
‘Pinatex is made from the ﬁbre from the leaves of the pineapple plant,’ the brand explained on their website.
‘These leaves are discarded from the pineapple harvest, so the raw material requires no additional environmental resources to produce.’
The leaves are bought from farmers in the Philippines to support local economies and strengthen their exports.
The leather effect is bought on by a microfiber textile which gives the sensation of real leather.
Production of the trainers is low water and waste, the brand claims.
But all that doesn’t come cheap as you’ll need to fork out $250 (£189) for the trendy kicks.
You can pre-order them online until 31 March when it will be available to the rest of the public.
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