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Nextevo turns discarded pineapple leaves into fashion

Nextevo is a Singaporean startup that is converting discarded pineapple leaves into fibers. Nextevo means the NEXT step in the EVOlution of transforming agricultural waste into natural, environmentally-friendly materials and products for use in value-added applications. Established in June 2019, we are committed to doing our part for People and Planet, and our operations are strategically located in Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Without even realizing it, the harmful impacts triggered by the global textile industry have already left a mark on the planet. In order to keep up with the latest trends and global consumer demands, mass production of textiles and clothing is done at the expense of the environment – air, water, and land.
For air, at least 10% of the global carbon emissions are contributed by the textile industry, which is more than that of the international flights and maritime shipping combined. For water, agricultural runoffs from cotton cultivation and dyeing processes severely degrade nearby water bodies and ecosystem quality due to the substantial use of toxic chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides. For land, all polyester-related textiles entering into landfill waste will continue to stay put for several decades and even centuries. This is detrimental to both people and the planet due to the toxic greenhouse gas emissions.

Therefore, NEXTEVO provides a Sustainable Textile solution to reduce the detrimental impacts of the global textile industry. The pineapple leaf fiber (PALF) textiles are a unique natural option ideal for use in four key textile categories – footwear, apparel & accessories, home textiles, and upholstery & interior furnishings. From September 2021, the company has begun its PALF production in Thailand. Pineapple leaves are collected and purchased from local farmers instead of discarding the leaves as waste.

At 1.7 million tonnes per year, Thailand is one of the world’slargest pineapple producers, as well as the world’s top producer of smooth cayenne variety. In Indonesia, coconut production is the world’s largest here, generating 17.1 million tonnes per year. Thus, saving such a colossal waste into the atmosphere is a big thing to appreciate.

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