Making paper from the banana trunk....!!!1

Valorizing the banana trunk by making pulp and paper


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MQ Martinique


About the project Edit

The goal of this project is to promote and industrialize a still-experimental technique that consists of producing pulp and paper from the banana trunk. The project is of particular interest to banana-producing countries that are for the large part, developing countries.

Once the banana regime is taken, the banana trunk is generally cut right away and left there where it decomposes. It is, therefore, not valorized.

Recent studies, notably a doctoral thesis carried out by a Martinique woman, showed the technical feasibility of transforming a banana trunk into pulp and paper.

It is an innovation process that could be qualified as a breakthrough innovation to the extent that at the beginning, it will probably underperform compared to traditional techniques. However, its potential is huge in the context where protecting the resource becomes a priority. Furthermore, improvement to processes will likely lead to a reduction in production costs, that associated to the lower cost (even free) of raw materials, could eventually become a major technique.

Moreover, it is an incremental innovation to the extent that it does not require end users to change their behaviour. It does not change the conditions of use or the state of the technique, but provides a significant improvement.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Ce projet est créatif dans le sens où cette technique expérimentale n’est pas mise en œuvre en Martinique, où le secteur bananier constitue pourtant un des piliers de l’économie locale.
Les résidus de l’agriculture bananière sont inexploités.

This project is creative in the sense where the experimental technique is not put into place in Martinique where the banana sector is a pillar of the local economy. Runoffs from banana agriculture are untapped.

Similar processes using traditional methods exist in some countries, but to my knowledge, a real industry does not exist.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

This project is interesting in several ways:
The first social value is in local economic development. It is indeed an endogenous activity that generates jobs.

Moreover, it is part of the environmental conservation approach through its valorization of agricultural runoff and transparent paper-making process vis-à-vis natural resources.

Finally, the project could reduce or eliminate local dependence for paper consumption and its derivatives from the outside.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This initiative could ultimately be implemented in all banana-producing countries that are generally developing countries.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The project’s triggering factor is demonstrating the economic feasibility while keeping in mind the added social and ecological value.

For this, studies (or large-scale testing) must be carried out to achieve industrialization of the process and, therefore, a reduction in production costs.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The business model is based on the resale of pulp and paper and its derivatives. A study must be conducted on the product’s cost knowing that the principle raw materials (the banana trunk) is free, excluding transport, as it is untapped to this day.


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