Posted On 17 Jul 2017
David Espinoza, the leader of the project David Espinoza, mentions that this process entails dehydrating the banana stalk, to then extract the fiber, which will be used in constructions, replacing the synthetic ones to avoid the retraction of the concrete.
Emilio Cedeño, a member of the association of entrepreneurs, said that at first, this productive initiative was a little complicated, but now it is easy for them, “because they already got the feel of it.”
“This is a job that will help our economy in the future. We are confident that the project will be completed as soon as possible to make the most of the rachis or banana stalk.”
Espinoza said that the project ‘Use of banana rachis fibers in the manufacture of concrete’ emerged in 2016 when it was presented to his professors of the Catholic University of Guayaquil, who saw its potential and enrolled it in the Green Latin American Awards.
A few weeks ago, this plan was selected among the 500 best projects in the region, in the category of Responsible Production and Consumption. The project also aims to train people working in banana plantations and protect the environment. (I)