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Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content
- The abaca tree, a relative of the banana, produces fibre that’s being made into COVID-19 PPE products, including facemasks.
- Conservationists say single-use plastic PPE is adding to marine pollution.
- Abaca fibres – used in banknotes, teabags and Mercedes Benz cars – are as tough as polyester but break down organically.
- Philippines is leading producer of abaca fibre, delivering 85% of global supply.
In the Philippines, long golden fibres from the abaca tree hang drying in the sun. They could be part of your next face mask.
According to Bloomberg, the Philippine government expects demand for biodegradable abaca to grow exponentially in 2020, with 10% of all production being diverted to medical uses. Factories are doubling output.
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