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Hugo Boss produces shoe from pineapple leaf fibers

German fashion brand Hugo Boss has developed a new menswear shoe produced with pinatex, a natural based material made of pineapple leaf fibers (PALF).Hugo Boss shoe pineapple leaf fibers

Pineapple leaf fiber (PALF) is rich in cellulose, abundantly available, relatively inexpensive, low density and nonabrasive in nature. It is also high filling level possible, low energy consumption, high specific properties, biodegradability and has the potential for polymer reinforcement.

The utilization of PALF as reinforcements in thermoplastic and thermosetting resins in micro and nano form for developing low cost and lightweight composites is an emerging field of research in polymer science and technology.

The upper of the shoe is made from pinatex, an innovative natural based material manufactured from pineapple leaf fibers by British Company AnanasAnam. Harvested as a byproduct of existing agriculture, the leaves require no extra resources to grow.

In combination with a recycled TPU sole, the shoe is 100% vegan and color using natural plant dyes as part of Hugo Boss’s aim to design a product that makes a minimal impact on the planet.

The shoes are presented in a fully recyclable and biodegradable paper box, made from 100% recovered fiber, will be sold in selected Boss retail stores and online.

Last month Hugo Boss outlined a series of new sustainability goals, including plans to increase its use of sustainable cotton, reduce the use of chemicals in its products, and to make a significant contribution to five of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mark Langer, Chairman of the Managing Board and CEO, said, “Over the last few years, we have continued along our chosen path towards implementing a consisting sustainability management. In doing so we focus upon what distinguishes us: quality, innovation, and responsibility.”


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