NEXTEVO addresses environmental challenges by opening new pineapple fiber plant in Vietnam
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NEXTEVO addresses environmental challenges by opening new pineapple fiber plant in Vietnam

NEXTEVO addresses environmental challenges by opening new pineapple fiber plant in Vietnam
New NEXTEVO production plant in Dong Nai, Vietnam.

NEXTEVO, a Singapore-based materials science startup, is proud to announce the launch of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. This innovative facility processes pineapple leaf fiber (PALF) into ready-to-spin (RTS) fiber using NEXTEVO’s efficient mechanical process, a significant step towards scalable and sustainable textile production.

Agriculture contributes 21% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and improper disposal of agricultural waste, such as unused pineapple scraps, contributes to the problem. The fashion industry also accounts for 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions. NEXTEVO’s expansion aims to mitigate these environmental impacts by converting agricultural byproducts into eco-friendly textiles.

Vietnam, the world’s third largest textile exporter, offers an ideal location for the NEXTEVO facility. Located in Dong Nai, the facility benefits from proximity to major seaports, Ho Chi Minh City and vertically integrated textile manufacturers, which increases cost efficiency and reduces transportation emissions. NEXTEVO sources pineapple leaf fiber from the Philippines, Indonesia, East Africa and soon Vietnam and India, ensuring a steady supply of raw materials.

The Unique Benefits of Pineapple Leaf Fiber

Pineapple leaves, a byproduct of fruit cultivation, require no additional land, water or fertilizers, minimizing environmental impact. The fiber is compostable, biodegradable, skin-friendly and breathable, making it an ideal material for innovative fashion and textile materials.

NEXTEVO offers customized products including Pineapple RTS fiber, blended yarn and blended fabric for use in various areas such as clothing, accessories, footwear, home textiles and automotive interiors.

“The compelling story and benefits of pineapple fiber are sure to resonate with both consumers and brands,” said Harold Koh, Founder and CEO of NEXTEVO. “We are excited to introduce this sustainable fiber to the textile industry as we can produce it at scale in our facility to serve our customers on an ongoing basis.”

NEXTEVO’s mission is to create a sustainable network connecting suppliers, retailers and customers that will contribute to improving the livelihoods of farming communities in the Philippines, Indonesia and East Africa.

The company plans to further expand into Vietnam and India and aims to halve its carbon footprint by 2028. NEXTEVO plans to expand into other sustainable natural fibers in the future.