An innovative Ugandan man, Kimani Muturi, started a company to ‘revolutionise’ the usefulness of banana stem.
With an outfit called Texfad, the stems are turned into materials handwoven into rugs and baskets. Kimani said interns who come to learn get the process very fast because what they do is not rocket science.
A company in Uganda, Texfad, is changing the recycling game. Banana stems that farmers would not think twice about dumping are now materials for things like rugs, baskets and hair extensions.
In a video report by Insider, workers were seen cutting off the stems and grinding them in a machine to make them ready materials that can be used.
Workers could be seen making different things out of the banana waste. It was reported the owner of the outfit, Kimani Muturi, started the company in 2013 when he fell in love with hand weaving in college.
To make the stems fit for use, they cut into different shapes and spread out in the sun to dry. After that, the strands are fed into an extractor. The cost of the machine is between $1,000 for a used one and $10,000 for a new type.
After the extraction process, the end result is taken out to dry again. One can also dye the material afterwards to give it distinct colours.
Making a rug out of the stems could take around a month and may be sold for around $500.
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