FRUIT AS A BUILDING BLOCK
Adjacent to the factory is a plantation of the Balbisiana banana variety, sporting a very dense crop of banana plants, up to 10 thousand plants per hectare. This variety has a particularly robust plant, resistant to many banana diseases and pests. Instead of the fruit, from this banana plant it is the stem that is harvested, before the banana bunch develops. These stems are then processed into fibres in the factory. Add to the fibres a mixture of various synthetic resins and glue, press under high temperature and presto! A proper beam appears.
When sawn into blocks, these are strong enough for the construction of pallets. This puts a whole new perspective on fruit as a building block! At the moment, about 30 percent of the Yellow Pallet is made of banana fibre. The planks are presently still made of wood, but in the future it will be possible to produce them from banana fibre as well. The power of fruit never ceases to amaze us.