See how banana trees are recycled into vegan leather wallets in Micronesia

February 24, 2017 by  
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Forget plastic and leather, your next wallet could be made from a more ethical and eco-friendly alternative—banana fiber. Kosrae, Micronesia-based startup Green Banana Paper tapped into banana tree waste, upcycling the unlikely material into stylish and sturdy vegan leather wallets. Green Banana Paper launched a Kickstarter to bring these eco friendly wallets to the global market and help improve the lives of local farmers. Bananas may be easy to eat, but the trees they grow on need a surprising amount of work. There are approximately 200,000 banana trees spread across the island and after harvesting, local farmers must cut down the plant every year to promote fruit production. The mass amounts of banana fiber waste are typically left on the ground to biodegrade, but Green Banana Paper saw an entrepreneurial opportunity with environmental and social benefits. Founded by New England native Matt Simpson, the social enterprise produces strong and water-resistant wallets with designs inspired by the coconut palms, ocean life, and people of Micronesia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSM_TYaT5Kg Related: Thai Building Facade Handmade From Natural Banana Fiber “Green Banana Paper wallets are not only ecofriendly; they are helping to provide a living wage to Kosraean families,” says the company. “Matt hopes to continue to scale up production, and get even more people on the island involved in this truly community-oriented business.” Green Banana Paper has launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for hiring more people and improving the quality of their products. Supporters of the project can also receive their own banana fiber wallet, which can be shipped around the world. + Green Banana Paper Kickstarter

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This clever, minimalist wallet is super thin and incredibly good looking

May 14, 2015 by  
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Wallets haven’t evolved much over the years, but the guys at ACE thought it was about time they did. By creating a wallet out of a single, continuous piece of laser-cut nylon, they made the world’s thinnest wallet at just .65mm thick. Not only will it save your pocket from that overstuffed look, it’s animal friendly and can be flipped inside out when you want to change up the color. Each wallet is so slim that it fits in the palm of your hand but still holds everything you need. Get yours at super price right now by  funding the project on Kickstarter , where early supporters can get their hands on one for just $10. + ACE on Kickstarter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ACE Kickstarter , ACE wallet , animal friendly wallet , kickstarter wallet , non-leather wallet , nylon wallet , reader submission , reversible wallet , single piece wallet , thinnest wallet , wallet by ACE , wallets

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Amonix Claims 39% Cell Efficiency for Its Concentrating Photovoltaic Solar Panels

April 21, 2010 by  
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Photo: Amonix Kleiner Perkins Invests $129.4 Million in the Californian Company Are venture capitalists un-tightening their grips on their wallets? In what is one of the biggest green deals of the year so far, the uber-VCs at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have decided to invest $129.4 million dollars in Amonix, a firm that specializes in concentrating photovoltaic solar power

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Crowdsourcing the Most Energy-Efficient Life

March 13, 2010 by  
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ISO bright ideas. Photo by Paul Keller via Flickr

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