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Textile Design




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



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.  

Comments of the jury

Bananatex® is the result of a unique project, which was driven forwards by Qwstion with high risks and a great deal of dedication. The fabric, which came about from a natural, renewable raw material, is innovative, absolutely contemporary and sustainable in the best sense of the term. Its product qualities give rise to the hope that Bananatex® will soon replace synthetic materials in bag production. Apart from this, the textile should also find applications in other product categories. The fact that not solely ecological but also social aspects played an important role in the development of the textile, its manufacture and further processing – key word fair trade – rounds off the positive overall picture