Nowadays, it is a fact that brands are looking for countless new materials to manufacture garments, minimizing the impact that this manufacturing has on the planet. Due to all this, a new line of sustainable fabrics is emerging from fruits and vegetables (bananas, coffee, oranges, potatoes, pineapple, Lotus flower, hemp, sugar cane, grape pomace, etc.)
According to FastCo “about 100 billion bananas are eaten every year. 100 billion bananas with their 100 billion peels, which together with other fruits such as pineapples, flax and hemp can be a perfect source for making the clothes of the future", imagine if we could take advantage of all this organic waste and give them a second life like items of clothing.
For example, fabrics made from these banana peel fibers are very soft and flexible, as well as breathable. As they are made of this material, they have a natural shine to them (bananas) and are often compared to silk (due to this shine that the material itself gives them). Furthermore, banana fiber is now seen as a sustainable alternative to cotton and silk since, due to the way it is extracted, treated and made, it is said to be almost carbon neutral (one of the main problems of the textile industry, second most polluting in the world currently). It is also often compared to hemp and bamboo, although it is not as durable as the previous fibers, or at least it has not been achieved yet.
Today there are still many limitations for all these materials, but all of us who are dedicated to this exciting world see a hopeful future in these new fabrics that, as you can see, are increasingly gaining weight in the market.