Head of Research, Dr. Gayatri Keskar, introduces Bananatex®, the world’s first waterproof durable material derived from sustainably grown banana plant fibers.
The material’s biodegradability makes it a game-changer for industries reliant on plastics and synthetic materials for applications that require water resistance.
Bananatex® is a perfect fit for bags, shoes, wristbands, and furniture.
A bit about the materials discussed in the video…
Bananatex® by Qwstion International // MC 1014201
This durable material derived from sustainably grown banana plant fibers is cultivated in the Philippines within a natural ecosystem of sustainable forestry without chemical treatments or extra water.
The harvested Abacá fibers are transformed into yarn in a Taiwanese paper mill and dyed using a method that is more sustainable than the typical roll dying alternative. And the optional natural beeswax coating gives it a smooth, water-resistant finish and a supple hand feel.
This textile is fully biodegradable and can replace the technical plastic materials dominating the outdoor industry. An added bonus? The self-sufficiency of this plant has made it an important contributor to the reforestation of areas once eroded by Palm plantations while enhancing the prosperity of local farmers.