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Banana and Pineapple Project in Bangladesh

February 1, 2015
Doori-abaca dress made from fine banana fibre

Doori-abaca dress made from fine banana fibre

 

My work with UNIDO will be ending later this year but this wonderful little sustainable project will continue to grow from strength to strength….This is because the collaborators in the project: NITER, Prabartana, and the International consultants have all worked organically and methodically to bring the idea to life. It has been a great 3 years..The project is an answer to a few problems one of which is the flow of migration from rural areas to urban areas.
Bangladesh does not have an indigenous fibre industry, instead it imports a lot of the cloth that it needs to fuel its big textile industry from Uzbekistan and other cotton producing countries. This project will help to reduce reliance on these imported fibres and create a robust indigenous textile industry which is innovative, competitive, supports livelihoods and remains sustainable. The beauty of this project is that both the fibre and the organic compost are produced from what is left after fruit is harvested. Essentially it is an intervention which transforms ‘the waste’ into another product. Thus creating a closed loop system.

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