Swiss textile company Bananatex has developed a biodegradable, lightweight jersey fabric by extracting fibers from the stalks of Abacá banana plants. The material is the latest version of a fabric made from the banana plant that Bananatex first launched in 2018. Bananatex developed the fabric by extracting fibers from the Abacá plant stalk, which are then cooked into a pulp.
This is made into yarn through a paper-making process based in Taiwan, which is then knitted, assembled, and manufactured into the final product. At the end of its life cycle, the fabric, which is Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold, can be composted and biodegraded within 10 weeks in industrial composts and 16 weeks in marine water.