To truly rid ourselves of our fossil fuel addiction, we need to look to natural materials that are both unknown and underused, investing in their scalability to create a viable alternative to plastic fibres. Which is where banana fibre comes in.
Used off and on throughout history - in Japan in the 13th century, and the Philippines before that - banana fibre is a strong and durable material alternative that produces different weights and thicknesses for use in the fashion industry and beyond. Where it falls short, however, is in its time consuming, preferably manual, manufacturing processes, which in turn have inspired low investment and R&D. While scale is currently an issue, a return to slow, considered consumption would allow this fibre to take its rightful place as the regenerative, longstanding and hardworking fibre that it is.