Words: Rich McEachran
Source: The Guardian 3rd March 2015
Banana, pineapple and coconut don’t just belong in the fridge, they’re making their way into fashion now too...
Around a billion tonnes of banana plant stems are wasted each year, despite research indicating that it would only take 37kg of stems to produce a kilogram of fibre. In 2012, the Philippine Textile Research Institute concluded that banana plantations in the Philippines alone can generate over 300,000 tonnes of fibre.
The fabric is claimed to be nearly carbon neutral and its soft texture has been likened to hemp and bamboo.
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