‘World’s first’ technical fabric made from banana fibre lands Vegan Trademark

Author: Liam Gilliver

Read Time:   |  6th September 2023

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The innovative banana fabric was recently seen in Stella McCartney’s Autumn 2023 collection, where she revived the iconic Logo tote bag…

The ‘world’s first’ technical fabric made from banana fibre has received a vegan trademark.

Bananatex is a durable material made using naturally grown Abaća banana plants and contributes to reforestation. It aims to offer a ‘sustainable alternative to widely used synthetic fabrics’ such as polyester.

The brand has now ditched its beeswax coating in place of plant-based water-repellent treatments, making its entire range vegan-friendly.


‘Accessible vegan fashion’

In a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, CEO and Co-Founder Hannes Schoenegger, said: “Bananatex® was created as a fully circular textile innovation with a positive effect on nature, people and also animals.

“In order to prove that, The Vegan Society’s Trademark is a meaningful certification for us and the different brands we are partnering with.”

Jodie Brown of The Vegan Trademark described the move as a ‘really exciting development’ for the textile industry.

She then added: “We hope registrations like Bananatex® ultimately lead to more vegan products being released into the market… Which, will show just how accessible vegan fashion can be!”

Photo © Bananatex®

Photo © Bananatex®


Bananatex X Stella McCartney

Recently, Bananatex was used in Stella McCartney’s highly-anticipated Autumn 2023 collection.

The designer reimagined the iconic Logo tote bag using the innovative material.

Priced at £1,350, the luxury item boasts an intricate burgundy red and ivory white ‘Fungi Forest toile de Jouy print’.

It also features stainless steel and recycled brass hardware, faux-suede lining, and a detachable pouch.

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Featured photo © themorningglory via Getty images

Written by

Liam Gilliver

Liam is a journalist working for the Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Star and OK! Magazine. He's also the author of We're Worried About Him and has been published in the likes of The Independent, Huffington Post, and Attitude Magazine.

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