JAPAN: Boffins Develop Banana Stalk Clothing Fibre
Cotton spinning firm Nisshinbo Industries Inc on said Wednesday it had developed the world's first apparel fibre from banana stalks.
The company said it had developed the fibre - a mixed yarn made from banana stalks and cotton - in conjunction with Nagoya City University Professor Hiroshi Morishima, leader of the Banana Green-Gold project.
Prof Morishima's project aims to turn the annual one billion tonnes of banana stems waste into environmentally friendly clothing for hard-up people living in banana-producing regions such as Africa.
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