Uganda Startup Makes Carpets From Banana Residues

Uganda Startup Makes Carpets From Banana Residues

Ugandans eat a lot of bananas. A local startup believes it can extract more benefits from plant parts that most people dismiss as worthless.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • TexFad uses natural banana fibers to produce environmentally friendly materials such as carpets and biodegradable hair links. TexFad is extracting the fibers from parts of the trunks that farmers usually burn or throw away.
  • The company is also testing a process to make banana fibers as soft as cotton to produce clothes.
  • They expect to export carpets for the first time in June to customers in the United States, Britain, and Canada.

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