Pineapple fibre set to spin into clothing

NEXTEVO, a Singapore-based materials science startup, has opened a plant in Vietnam that transforms pineapple leaf fiber (PALF) into ready-to-spin (RTS) fibre.

NEXTEVO’s expansion in Vietnam uses agricultural by-products to create sustainable textile materials.

The new NEXTEVO production facility in Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Agricultural, forestry, and land use contribute 21% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Improper disposal of agricultural waste, like burning pineapple residues or letting them decompose, releases significant amounts of carbon dioxide and methane, potent greenhouse gases that harm the environment.

The fashion industry also contributes significantly to environmental degradation, responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions.

Vietnam is the world’s third-largest textile exporter. NEXTEVO’s location in Dong Nai is close to major seaports, Ho Chi Minh City, and vertically integrated textile manufacturers. This reduces the need for long-distance inland transportation, minimizing emissions.

NEXTEVO sources pineapple leaf fibre from the Philippines, Indonesia, and East Africa, and soon, Vietnam and India.

As pineapple leaves are a byproduct of fruit cultivation, they require no additional land, water, or fertilizers. This method minimizes environmental impact by taking advantages of existing agricultural byproducts.

The leaves are compostable, biodegradable, and offer sustainability advantages. They also possess skin-friendly and breathable properties, making them ideal for innovative fashion and textile materials.

NEXTEVO meets diverse customer needs with types of product materials: Pineapple RTS fibre, processed in-house; blended yarn, and blended fabric. The offerings can be customized for spinners, yarn producers, and brands, allowing flexibility across the industry, from raw materials to semi-finished textiles. These products to serve various applications in apparel, accessories, footwear, home textiles, and automotive interiors.

“The compelling story and benefits of pineapple fibre will surely resonate with consumers and brands alike.” said Harold Koh, Founder and CEO of NEXTEVO. “We are excited to unveil this sustainable fibre to the textile industry, as we are able to produce it at scale in our own facility to serve our customers consistently.”