Singapore-based NEXTEVO, having operations in Thailand and Indonesia, has announced the launch of its sustainable fibres and yarns made from pineapple leaves, a common agricultural waste from pineapple cultivation.
In a statement, the company informed that by combining these ready-to-spin (RTS) fibres with other eco-fibres (e.g. organic cotton, lyocell, recycled polyester, etc.), it offers blended yarns for the textile industry across applications including denim apparel, sneakers, upholstery and bath towels.
The joint venture in Thailand between Jinny Tantipipatpong, Chairman of SAICO (world’s fourth largest pineapple cannery producer) and NEXTEVO creates a vertically integrated supply chain. This includes sourcing pineapple leaves, processing into RTS fibres and blended yarns for manufacturers, making premium consumer products for brands globally.
NEXTEVO founder Harold Koh, who spent nine years as CEO of Great Giant Pineapple (world’s single largest pineapple plantation in Indonesia), has built an extensive network in the agricultural sector.
Harold plans to expand to other types of agricultural waste in Southeast Asia to provide sustainable value-added solutions at scale.
In the next three years, NEXTEVO aims to impact the lives of 5,000 farmers in Southeast Asia.