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Spanish Designer Makes Vegan Leather from Pineapples

Carmen Hijosa creates Piñatex as a biodegradable and cruelty-free alternative to animal leather.

The new leather-like Piñatex—a material similar to canvas derived from repurposed pineapple leaf waste matter—has been created by Spanish designer, Carmen Hijosa. A biodegradable and cruelty-free alternative to animal leather, Piñatex sells for approximately $5 to $15 per square meter, making it cheaper than animal leather and, in turn, an attractive alternative for larger scale textile manufacturing of items such as furniture, car interiors, and sporting goods. A recent PhD graduate of London Royal College of the Arts, Hijosa partnered with brands such as Puma and Camper to create vegan shoe prototypes and recently won a material innovator award from The Arts Foundation of the United Kingdom. Hijosa’s pineapple faux leather material is fully compostable and will be commercially available in spring 2016.

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Kroger Launches Vegan Recipe Contest

Food Network chef Ellie Krieger will choose the winning recipe, and prizes include $1,000 cash, a Vitamix, and more.
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Vegan Shoe Brand MINK Sells 10,000 Pairs in 2018

Sales of the brand's vegan Louboutin-style shoes increased dramatically since 2006, and it now caters to celebrity clients such as Miley Cyrus.
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Global Pizza Chain Adds Vegan Cheese to US Locations

International pizza chain Piola now features Follow Your Heart's vegan cheese at 10 locations across Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia.
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DIY Asian Bowl Chain Adds Vegan Meat to Menu

Wok Box in Canada sees opportunity to grow a new customer base with plant-based protein options.
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Kat Von D Plans to Throw a Big Fat Vegan Wedding

The pregnant makeup mogul will throw a vegan wedding bash where guests will receive a custom-made Kat Von D Beauty lipstick.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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