Banana paper making is an eco-friendly business in the agro-processing industry. It is an innovative technology and alternate way of manufacturing paper. This technology is used to turn banana waste into usable paper commercially. Two types of banana papers are generally available. One is to refer to a paper made from the bark of the banana tree, mainly used for artistic purposes. Another one is paper made from banana steam or the non-utilized fruits. This type of paper can be processed either as handmade or with machines. Here in this article, we intend to explore about how to setup a banana paper making project from the banana stem fiber.
Banana Paper Making Market Opportunity
Banana is one of the most important and hugely grown fruit crops in India. After harvest of fruit, huge quantity of about 60 to 80 tones per hector of waste biomass (pseudostem, leaves, suckers etc.) is generated. Presently, this biomass is discarded as waste. Normally farmers employ labour to either cut or uproot the pseudostems and throw them by the roadside. For this, a farmer needs to invest Rs. 10,000 per acre as labour charge for cutting and removing the plant from the field. Instead of spending money, now they can earn from their banana wastes. The Navsari Agriculture University (NAU) in Gujarat has standardized a process of manufacturing high-value paper from Banana fiber with a patent registration. The paper has been tested at the Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology. It has been noticed that paper made out of this fiber has a shelf life of over 100 years as it is the strongest of the long fibers ever found amidst natural fibers. It can be folded for as many as 3,000 times. The university has filed five different patents from the various usage of Banana plant, which includes making of yarn for textiles, paper, and candy.
Banana Paper Making Business Compliance
In starting a banana paper making business, you must obtain different licenses and registration. Check your state’s laws and norm. Here we have listed some of the general requirement.
- Business registration with ROC
- Obtain Trade License from Municipal Authority
- Apply for MSME Udyog Aadhaar registration
- Obtain Factory license
- Obtain NOC from Pollution Control Board
- Register your brand name with Trademark
Banana Paper Making Plan Setup & Manufacturing Process
Banana paper making includes the basic steps like procuring of Banana Stems, cutting of materials, pulping (a simple system using only water) and making paper. You can get the scientific know-how, processes, machinery and equipment necessary to convert banana tree trunk into the paper from papyrus technology.
The roundup process removes the outer layer from the banana tree trunk and prepares the resultant core for subsequent manufacturing operations. The outer layer of the banana tree trunk is removed as a single, continuous length of material of constant thickness using a patented type of spindle-less lathe.
After the outer layer is removed from the banana tree trunk, the resultant core is used in the core veneer process. The core veneer process also uses a type of spindle-less lathe but differs from the roundup lathe in that the cutting process is undertaken with a higher degree of accuracy allowing production of thin veneers. The roundup process and core veneer process occur in the Beta Veneering Unit. Apart from handmade paper, the machine-made banana paper has better revenue earning capacity in the market. You can use different semi-automatic and automatic industrial machines to produce banana papers. You can also produce value-added products such as gift wrappers, envelopes and stationery items that fetch much higher prices.
Apart from handmade paper, the machine-made banana paper has better revenue earning capacity in the market. You can use different semi-automatic and automatic industrial machines to produce banana papers. You can also produce value-added products such as gift wrappers, envelopes, fancy decorative papers and stationery items that fetch much higher prices. In banana paper making project, you must consider the location of your unit. It should be located nearby banana farms to cut the transportation cost of the raw material to banana paper making unit.