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Turning pineapples into bags 用菠萝叶子做包包



Turning pineapples into bags 用菠萝叶子做包包


有关 “money(金钱)” 的词汇


What does the reporter compare the feel of the pineapple leaf fabric to?


Picking pineapples can be arduous, heavy work often with little reward. The price paid for each individual fruit is a fraction of a penny.


The leaves from pineapple plants are usually thrown away. A use for them has now been found, turning the leaves into fabric – which provides some extra incomefor workers.


Ben Patton, designer for Materia Products
I think everybody was quite surprised that the fabric was made of pineapple. Because it doesn’t smell like pineapple, it’s not spikey, it's got a nice texture to it. So it’s quite an unusual thing to be working with.

本·巴顿                    Materia Products 公司设计师
“我觉得每个人都很惊讶,布料是菠萝做的。因为它闻起来不像菠萝,不扎手, 摸起来也很舒服。所以这是一种很不寻常的面料。”

To make the fabric, fibres are extracted from the leaves. These get sent from the Philippines to Spain. Once there, machinists complete the process of turning them into a material which has been named 'Pinatex'.

为了制作这种面料,人们从树叶中提取纤维。这些树叶从菲律宾运到西班牙。等运到之后,机械师将它们制成一种叫做 “Pinatex” 的纤维面料。

An online shop based in Cambridge has begun using Pinatex to create handbags, satchels and purses.

位于剑桥的一家网店已经开始使用 Pinatex 制作手袋、背包和钱包

And these are the finished bags. If you want one, they’ll set you backaround 137 pounds. The texture is slightly crinkled – not too different to some leathers.


As manufacturers become more confident using the material, it’s hoped more items will be made out of it in the future, making use of pineapple leaves that were otherwise destined to be wasted.



reward 报酬,回报

penny 便士(英镑中最小的辅币单位)

income 收入

purses 女士钱包

set you back ……让你破费


The reporter compares its feel to some types of leather.



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