Banana paper is made by combining part of the fiber of the banana with recycled paper. The combination is then put through water systems and other processes to create usable, eco-friendly paper.
- Harvest the fiber from the banana stem
When farmers harvest a banana, they usually pull at the banana, leaving many banana stems still hanging from trees. The stem hosts pinzote, which contains 5 percent of fiber that can be used to make paper.
- Combine the banana fiber with recycled paper
Combine the fiber from pinzote with pre-soaked recycled paper. The proportion is usually 20 percent banana fiber to 80 percent recycled paper. Office paper, tetra pack containers, magazines and newspapers are popular examples of recycled paper used to make banana paper. The combination of the fiber and the soaked paper is called pulp; the act of making the pulp is called pulping; the machine that holds the pulp is called a pulper.
- Dry and process the pulp
The pulp dries naturally as it is rolled through a series of high-temperature drums. Cut the dried paper into sheets, dye it, and decorate it with eco-friendly materials and systems. When you are finished, pack the finished paper into shipping containers for sale.