13 Mar 2017

Micronesian banana fibre startup attracts attention

From , 6:01 am on 13 March 2017

A small Micronesian startup is attracting international attention with its vegan wallets and paper products made of banana fibre.

The company, Green Banana Paper, is based on the small island of Kosrae, which has a population of just over six-thousand.    

Its founder, Matt Simpson, who is originally from the US, says his goal was to create an environmentally-friendly company that also created jobs for the local community and farmers.

Mr Simpson told Amelia Langford that the company recycles banana trunks that farmers cut down after harvesting.

Banana wallet

Photo: Supplied/ Green Banana Paper