Green Banana Paper: Turning waste into wealth for native islanders of Kosrae, Micronesia

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Life & Soul Magazine

Green Banana Paper are turning a sustainable resource of banana fibers into stylish wallets for men and women in efforts to create a sustainable and ethical alternative to leather, as well as jobs for the indigenous people of a remote island in the Western Pacific.

The wallets, which are being developed by a small community on the island of Kosrae, Micronesia, utilise community-based resources and are reviving traditional skills in weaving and rope twisting.

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Green Banana Paper wallets, which come in three styles – men’s style wallet with card holders, women’s purse and a travel wallet for holding passport and other key travel documents – are strong and durable, with a leather-like consistency, that is both waterproof and stain resistant.

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Featuring art work by local artists, the designs adorned on the Green Banana Paper wallets are emblemic of the beautiful, remote island of Kosrae, Micronesia which sits in a quiet…

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