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Canary Islands: New Use for Banana Residues

18.4.2019

Money paper, tea bags, thread and even interior parts of vehicles are some of the products that the "Life Baqua" project has developed by recycling banana fibres in the Integrated Manufacturing Center of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC ).

This European project seeks to take advantage of all the vegetable waste generated by the banana crop and at present is studying the possibilities of real implementation within the islands at an industrial level.

The "Life Baqua" project has manufactured biodegradable products from banana fibre such as bags for tea or infusions, continuous yarn and consequently fabric as well as money paper.

The normal use of this fibre is "to reinforce objects that have been made with plastic" because it contributes "more resistance to the products", explained the coordinator of Life Baqua, Mario Monzón, who has indicated that the interior part of a Renault Megane vehicle has also been manufactured with this material and that it "exceeded all tests and trials" by the automotive company.

Fish food has also been made from the pulp of the fruit.

The European project "Life Baqua" will conclude in October but from this June the responsible person will hand out the study that brings together all of its proposals to the Government of the Canary Islands and other local administrations.

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