Blog: Fruit and fibres
Leonie Barrie | 18 September 2003
In the Philippines, however, locally-produced fabrics made from ‘tropical’ fibres derived from banana and pineapple plants are now seen as the answer to many of the local industry’s woes. Uniforms worn by 1.3 million Philippine officials and government employees will soon be required to use these materials, with calculations suggesting they will eventually replace a quarter of the textiles currently imported and translate into foreign exchange savings of about P8 billion.
Officials are so confident of the viability of the scheme that a similar plan for the uniforms of more than 30 million private sector workers is being discussed. And if successful, the ambitious programme to make use of what is essentially a by-product of the fruit crop, will be closely watched by industries around the world.
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