Bananas Over Plastic

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  1. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Finding novel uses for wastes from banana plantations.

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  2. Gretchen

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    It appears, unfortunately, that they will still be using "pure plastic" to encase the banana leaf fibers. I was hoping they would be using them as a biodegradable substitute for plastic.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Doesn't banana fibre make good paper? I'm surprised they don't already have uses for it, if nothing else, as fuel.
     
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    Banana leaves are used in Polynesian cooking, also as disposable plates. There is a move to make plates with leaves stuck together with starch as a commercial venture in the UK.
    Is anybody using geothermal hot water to grow bananas in BC polytunnels? It used to be all the rage in Iceland, but I think cheap imports from Venezuala have cut down that market, this may change now Iceland has applied to join the EC.
     

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