Exploration on banana plant waste
I recently finished my thesis in banana fibre for textile and composite production. The idea of creating value added products from agriculture waste and generating employment was something that really interested me in taking up this project.I came to a realization that area of problem is waste generated from banana plants that have already been harvested and how can this be used as a raw material by creating a system for farmers and employing women by teaching them skills required.
The design direction that I took is expected to empower the rural folk by offering unlimited opportunities for employment in the sector stem cultivation, design and fabrication, fibre extraction, weaving of fibres trands into useful products and marketing and sale of these products.
To implement this concept a workshop based on skill development was carried out in India and a few prototypes were generated.
I would like to know if you guys feel like this is a good alternative source for plastic packaging?
Also if someone is doing a similar project, do get in touch!Thank you!
Currently in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
I’m keen to know more.
Is not clear for me how far you went on you thesis and if you were able to extract fibers and make good use of it. However, I found 3 some interesting videos about the same topic in Colombia with fresh and dry staks (1, 2) and in Perú (3) with dry stacks (after 7 days under the sun it dries completely) respectively that I want to share with you. It’s in Spanish but is also graphic, which says a lot more than words.
As for an alternative to plastic packaging , not very sure. But there’s also an interesting alternative for plastic cutlery (forks, spoons and knives and straws) for the fast food industry, made out of corn starch and from Mexico, made from a polymer (Biofase) extracted from the avocado pits.
I hope you have some news for the plastics if you ever implement it. Cheers
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