HONG KONG, Dec. 26, 2019 (Local News) -Developed by the Design Center of the Philippines, Pinyapel is a specialty paper made from pineapple leaves that would otherwise go to waste, which can be used to make a number of products from coffee cups to paper shopping bags. It has recently won the 2019 Wood Pencil award by the UK-based charity D&AD Future Impact for efforts in sustainability, marking the Philippines’ first award in the category.
Pinyapel, the 100% natural treeless pineapple leaf paper created by the Design Center of the Philippines in collaboration with Cagayan de Oro Handmade Papercraft, Nature’s Fresh and IdeaTechs Packaging, aims to solve two problems at once: agricultural waste and deforestation. It reuses discarded leaves from the locally abundant fruit pineapple, to make a specialty paper that can be used in various products, such as coffee cups, paper bags, boxes and packaging. With the Philippines being the second biggest pineapple producer globally, Pinyapel not only helps reduce waste in agriculture and deforestation associated with paper made from trees, it also helps local pineapple farmers in the country as it gives the leaves a new purpose and value, driving additional revenue.
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