Made from banana fibers, the CANNON BANANA is definitely SAOLA's most eco-responsible shoe.
We are constantly looking for innovative materials in order to offer eco-designed shoes from A to Z. So when we heard about banana fibers to form the upper of our sneakers, it immediately piqued our curiosity!
And we were not disappointed. Bananatex® material is 100% natural, plastic-free and durable .
To quote the company, “Bananatex® is the first durable, waterproof material created from banana plantations. These are grown in the Philippines within a natural ecosystem that does not need any chemical treatment."
Before launching the material, the company carried out three years of research and development in order to meet the challenges of environmental, economic and social sustainability.
Today, they can guarantee that Abaca trees, banana trees, are grown in a 100% natural way, and that their material is a viable alternative to synthetic materials.
In addition to banana fibers, beeswax is applied to guarantee a water-repellent shoe.
AND THE PROCESS IN ALL THIS?
The production consists of 10 steps:
- Natural environment of Abaca banana trees
- Cut the stems
- Extract the fiber
- Create the paper
- Adding beeswax
- To assemble
- Product manufacturing
- Bananatex product: 100% biodegradable
Do not machine wash or dry.
Wash with a soft cloth and lukewarm water. Air dry thoroughly.
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