Banana Fiber as Art Paper Alternative

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BANANA FIBER AS ART PAPER ALTERNATIVE

A Science Investigative Project
Division Level

TEAM CATEGORY

Researchers

Elioenie L. Vicente
Brent Bracer B. Camacho
Karen Joy S. Nietes

VILLAFLOR CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SOUTH WEST DISTRICT
VILLAFLOR, OROQUIETA CITY

ABSTRACT

The current environmental situation of the Philippines calls for an initiative to cut down on wastes, and repurpose renewable resources such as the banana plant. One way to do it is to make fiber paper from the banana plant. Also, use of chemicals was eliminated in the process to protect the environment from further deterioration due to contamination.

The quality of handmade banana paper with no additives or chemicals has been shown to be useful in art decorations, gift-wrapping and an eco-friendly paper substitute. This project aims to produce quality paper from banana pulp from banana stalks, bark and leaves.

The banana pulp was achieved by gathering, chopping and boiling the stalks, bark and leaves. The pulp was divided into 3 samples: pulp from stalks, pulp from bark, and pulp from a mixture of leaves, bark and stalks.

The three samples were specifically used to distinguish which pulp material will be suited for paper coloration for art material purposes. It was observed that the pulp made from the banana bark would yield the most suitable color for paper dyeing. With its natural pale brown color, it will be easier to produce various dyed paper by mixing in dye with the banana fiber slurry. The by-products of the dyed banana fiber can then be used to substitute gift-wrapping paper, invitation cards, paper bags, and other art paper by-products.

The researchers concluded that banana fiber from trunk, leaves and stalks is a good alternative for art paper.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

To God, from whom all blessings come, the researchers would like to thank the following:

Dr. Nida U. Barimbao, School Principal I, for the moral support, and who encouraged conducting an investigatory project for the first time;

Mrs. Mary Lynn M. Reyes, the project adviser, who extended her much effort and time on having this project;

Villaflor Central Elementary School Teachers, who encouraged and supported the group financially;

Mrs. Alicia D. Udal, for giving us the overview of the investigatory project;

To parents, for their financial and moral support;

To the pupils of Grade IV – VI, for giving us the project materials such as the banana leaves, bark/trunk and stalks;

Mrs. Rhea Rose R. Aba-a, the daughter of the project adviser, for helping us in researching the project over the Internet, as well as encoding and printing our project paper;

And to all who extended their support for the success of this research.

Researchers

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Title Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .i

Abstract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ii

Acknowledgement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii

List of Figures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv

I. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

A. Background of the Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 B. Statement of the Problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 C. Hypothesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 D. Significance of the Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
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