Swiss bag brand Qwstion, known for its functional and practical bags, have launched a new collection made from banana-based material that promises to be the most sustainable bag fabric yet.
Bananatex is the world’s first durable, waterproof fabric made purely from Banana plants. Cultivated in the Philippines within a natural ecosystem of sustainable forestry, the plant, otherwise known as Abacá, is sturdy and self-sufficient, requiring no pesticides or extra water.
These qualities have allowed it to contribute to reforestation in areas of the Philippines once eroded by palm plantations, whilst enhancing the economic prosperity of its farmers.
Its self-sufficiency has made it an important contributor to reforestation of areas once eroded by palm plantations, whilst enhancing the prosperity of local farmers.
Three years of research and development resulted in a new material that answers questions of environmental, economic and social sustainability. As an open source project Bananatex offers a viable alternative to the synthetic fabrics that the majority of bags are made of today.
Qwstion’s collection of bags combine the practical and sporty with a urban, clean design. Almost every bag from Qwstion can be used as a hand bag, shoulder bag or as a back pack.
As part of the Banantex range, Qwstion have added two new styles – the Roll Pack and the Hip Pouch. Both designs are based upon the characteristics of the material, with patterns designed to leave zero waste after cutting the individual parts. At the end of the bags’ lifecycles, their fabric is 100% biodegradable, and their buckles and zippers can be recycled.
Over the past three years, Qwstion have developed Bananatex – a sleek, waterproof fabric made from 100% natural Banana fibres. Strong and durable, yet light and flexible, the natural beeswax coating gives it a smooth, water-resistant finish and a supple hand feel.
By creating Bananatex, ultimately the Swiss bag brand want to offer a viable alternative to the synthetic fabrics that currently dominate the bag industry, which is why Qwstion have developed Bananatex as an open source project, and want to encourage other brands to use it.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea