February 09, 2016

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Po-Zu - An award winning shoe brand. We combine sumptuous comfort with outstanding ethics for shoes you can truly fall in love with!

The shoe that thinks it’s a Pina Colada

Pineapple and coconut are a match made in tropical heaven. At Po-Zu, we are coconutty about all things coconut – including our comfy coconut Foot Mattress and our edible coconut shoe cream. So imagine our excitement when we heard about a new leather-substitute material made from pineapple leaf fibres. We just knew that we had to create a tropical, sustainable dream of a vegan shoe.

 

 

Our new Spring Summer collection, launching in March 2016, sees the arrival of our beautiful new ballet pumps Ello, made using Piñatex. These shoes are some of the first products on the market made with this innovative material.

Dr Carmen Hijosa, CEO of Ananas Anam Ltd, has spent the last seven years researching and developing Piñatex. While working in the Philippines, Carmen became aware of the qualities of pineapple leaf fibres, including their fineness and strength. She began to explore possible ways to develop a new textile material that could be used as a replacement for leather.

Not only is Piñatex a breathable, biodegradable vegan material, the pineapple leaf fibres are a natural by-product of the pineapple harvest, using a material that would otherwise have gone to waste. No extra water, land, fertilisers or pesticides are required to produce them. In addition to the environmental benefits that this brings, it means extra income for the pineapple farming communities in the Philippines.

Sven Segal, Founder of Po-Zu, said, ‘We were so excited when we heard about Piñatex. We are always looking for new ways to further reduce the environmental impact of our shoes. We already use a coconut by-product to make our Foot Mattresses. So to be able to use a material made from pineapple fibres to make the uppers is a perfect fit.’

Although these shoes are ballet pumps, we think they’ll have you salsaing down the street, imagining a beach beneath your feet!


6 Comments

Po-Zu
Po-Zu

April 15, 2016

Hi Phyllis-Ann you can buy Po-Zu shoes made of Piñatex here: http://po-zu.com/search?type=product&q=pinatex and there is information about other products made from Piñatex on their website here: http://www.ananas-anam.com/pinatex/product-range/ :)

Po-Zu
Po-Zu

April 15, 2016

Jasmine, apologies for the late reply. The shoes are now available to buy here: http://po-zu.com/collections/womens and we ship to South Africa! :)

Po-Zu
Po-Zu

April 15, 2016

Hi Boodie,

Thank you for the support!
We are very excited to explore how we can incorporate Piñatex into more of our styles :)
So watch this space!

Phyllis-Ann Titus
Phyllis-Ann Titus

March 08, 2016

Where can we buy shoes and purses made of the pineapple fiber?

Jasmine Lombard
Jasmine Lombard

February 25, 2016

Is it possible to pre-order a pair to be shipped to Cape Town, South Africa?

Boodie
Boodie

February 11, 2016

Wow from the Philippines! I knew this shoe as its main material being based in coconut has a lot of potential to grow and perhaps extend its innovation to my home country but you still found a new way to innovate and what better way to do it but with one of my favourite fruits! :) hope you’ll have some for men’s collection too! Keep it up!
More power to you guys! #pozucrowd

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