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Nominee

Textile Design

 
 

Bananatex®
by QWSTION

Founders:

Matthias Graf, Christian Kägi, Hannes Schönegger


Product Design:

Christian Kägi, Aline Mauch, Paolo Paoluzzo


Product Management:

Marcel Geser, Marianne Schoch


Graphic Design:

Pia Fischer, Matthias Graf


www.qwstion.com

www.bananatex.info

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.


Comments of the nominators

With Bananatex® the Zurich bag label QWSTION has managed to achieve a noteworthy fabric development, which impresses practically through the whole range. The remarkable and exemplary feature of this project also seems to be the full disclosure of the production and supply chain as well as the resource consumption. The fact that QWSTION has launched the fabric development as an open-source project and the textile is available to other companies, proves the credibility of the label in its commitment to a sustainable economic framework.