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Bananatex® is the world’s first durable, technical fabric made purely from the naturally grown Abacá banana plants. Cultivated in the Philippine highlands within a natural ecosystem of sustainable mixed agriculture and forestry, the plant is self-sufficient, requires no pesticides, fertilizer or extra water. These qualities have allowed it to contribute to reforestation in areas once eroded due to monocultural palm plantations, whilst enhancing biodiversity and the economic prosperity of its farmers.
Bananatex® is incredibly strong and durable, while remaining soft, lightweight and supple. The Natural White colourway reflects the actual colour of the fibres and is not dyed. An all-natural wax coating can be applied to make Bananatex® waterproof. The resulting fabric has a smooth and distinctive handfeel.
Bananatex® is Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold, the most advanced standard globally for products that are safe, circular and responsibly made.