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Packaging from Banana Trees

Invention Number: 
2015-024
Renewable Plastics - converting the abundant waste of banana trees into eco-friendly packaging. UNSW researchers have developed a bioplastic technology to produce plastics from banana stems.

This Invention is available under licence for Free

Approximately 50% of packaging materials are used in food industries. Most of these food packaging materials are plastics that are made from petroleum-derived polymers, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene (PE). These plastics are, however, not biodegradable, not fully recyclable, and are derived from non-renewable materials. Thus, food packaging waste becomes a serious environmental issue.

In order to produce more eco-friendly food packaging materials, UNSW researchers have developed a bioplastic technology and method to produce plastics from the banana pseudo-stem.

Banana pseudo-stem is rich in cellulose and is also a raw material that is generated as a waste product of banana fruit harvesting. It is abundantly available every year in Australia and worldwide.

This patent pending technology is a simple technique to extract cellulose nanofibres from banana pseudo-stem.

Key Benefits

  • Food safe
  • Ecologically friendly and biodegradable
  • Cost effective
  • Safe use of banana plantation waste

Application

Food packaging including fresh, acidic, and fatty foods. 

The Opportunity

This technology is available for free as an Easy Access Licence to companies and individuals.

UNSW is seeking a commercial partner to licence and/or to work collaboratively with the inventors.