EARTH University and ÅF have agreed upon joint efforts to optimize the University’s paper machine for banana paper production at the University grounds in Costa Rica. The vast and unique expertise of different pulp and paper making processes within ÅF worldwide was hereby acknowledged and appreciated once again.
The Banana Paper Project underwent a number of significant changes and adjustments in the production plant in 2008 and ÅF’s current task is to map the path forward, ensuring both manageable and timely correct processes in order to successfully manufacture paper with discarded stalks of the banana plant and recycled office paper for commercial purposes.
The final banana paper product is aimed at such niche markets as printing presses, high-end notebooks and journals and corporate stationary. EARTH themselves have coordinated the first post-consumer paper collection in eleven educational institutions in the area. The collected material will be combined with banana stalk fibre to produce finished paper.