This innovative new fabric is made from the fibres of a banana plant known as Abacá.
Being that it is a self-sufficient plant, it requires no chemical treatment – such as pesticides or fertilizers – or additional water which has allowed it to play an important role in reforestation in areas of the Philippines. These are just some of the reasons why this material is celebrated for being sustainable.
The process in which this plant is transformed into a fabric that can be used to make bags is quite simple. The incredibly strong raw fibres are extracted from the Abacá plant and spun into sheets of paper which are then cut and twisted into yarn. This ‘paper-yarn’ is then spun into a durable, waterproof fabric called Bananatex.