Potassium-rich bananas are a staple for healthy eaters but did you know that the “tree” trunk is a valuable resource as well? Martinique-based company FIBandCO transforms the bulk of the plant into “Green Blade” an all-natural, sustainable veneer used for decorative and acoustic panels. The exotic-looking material gives banana plants a second life and saves them from their typical fate of ending up as waste once the fruit has been harvested. Like bamboo, the banana plant is actually a grass, growing faster than traditional wood and reaching maturity at 9 months.

In addition to promoting a rapidly renewable resource, Green Blade reduces deforestation, requires no water or glue in its production, and is manufactured in a factory powered entirely by photovoltaic panels. A popular material amongst architects, designers, and furniture makers alike, Green Blade strikes an impressive balance of being stylish, sustainable, and eco-responsible.

+ FIBandCO

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