Shoppers may soon be able to snap up garments made from bananas after experts in Japan developed a new technique for recycling banana waste.

The idea is the brainchild of Nagoya City University professor Hiroshi Morishima, leader of the Banana Green-Gold project, who believes it's the one billion tonnes of banana stem thrown away each year could be turned into clothing.

His team has developed a technique that can produce wallpaper, lampshades and writing paper made out of fibres from the waste over the next few years.

They plan to export the idea to banana-producing nations in Africa by 2010 so those countries can generate extra revenue for their poverty-stricken people.