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Since 2011 Bionatic has been working with a Southern Indian, family-run company, whose founders initially manufactured palm-leaf products in a garage.
Through the cooperation, the partner company has in the meantime been able to extend its production and create around 50 secure jobs with fair pay.
The palm-leaf products from Bionatic are made using the leaves of the Areca palm. This ancient cultural plant from Southeast Asia can grow up to a height of 25 metres.
Generous donor: around four to seven times a year the Areca palm sheds its leaves, which can grow up to two metres in length.
The palm-leaf products from Bionatic use the leaf sheathes of the Areca palm. One leaf sheath can be used to produce two or three palm-leaf plates or bowls.
During the dry period in India the leaves shed by the Areca are collected and sorted according to quality. The leaves, which are not suitable for further processing, are used as organic fertilizer on the fields or burnt.
The palm leaves, which are suitable for further processing, are washed, bundled and dried. In this process it is however important that they retain a certain degree of residual moisture. The leaves of the Areca palm naturally possess water-repellent characteristics so that when they are further processed no artificial coating or additives have to be used.
Using hydraulic presses the leaves are then moulded into their required form using heat application. Afterwards, thanks to their natural characteristics, the palm-leaf products are very robust and can withstand both heat as well as cold.
In the manufacture of their products Bionatic attaches significance to environmentally friendly production with the lowest possible energy consumption and low CO2 emissions.
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