Micronesian Startup Attracting Attention For Banana Fiber Wallets, Paper Products

Green Banana Paper is using agriculture waste to create a sustainable product from Kosrae

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 6, 2017) – A small Micronesian startup is attracting international attention with its vegan wallets and paper products made of banana fibre.

The company, Green Banana Paper, is based on the small island of Kosrae, which has a population of just over 6000.

Founder Matt Simpson said his goal was to create an environmentally-friendly company that also created jobs for the local community and farmers.

Mr Simpson said the company recycles banana trunks that farmers cut down after harvesting.

"So, I figured that I could help farmers earn some extra income and create something sustainable from a organic waste resource that is rapidly renewable."

Mr Simpson said banana fibre was an ideal material for a durable wallet as it is very strong and water-resistant.

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This is an excellent initiative! What is the future prospect of expanding to other FSM states? This will encourage more farmers, women and children included to plant more bananas. Banana fruits to eat (nutritious local foods, and banana trunks to make into durable wallets.

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