Sustainability and ecologically responsible production have always been part of the objectives of QWSTION, a bag label that was founded in Zurich in 2008. This is expressed in their search for plant based alternatives to environmentally polluting synthetic textiles, which are most commonly used in the industry to make bags. During this on-going research they came across the sturdy fibres of the Abacá, a banana bush, which is grown on the Philippines in sustainable agriculture. In an intensive three-year project they developed Bananatex® – the world’s first technical fabric made of the fibres of the banana plant. The functional textile has a range of properties advantageous for making bags: on the one hand, it is light and flexible, and on the other hand sturdy and long-lasting. Coated with natural bee’s wax, it’s also water-resistant. Bananatex® was developed as an open-source project and is therefore also available to other manufacturers.
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