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Developing New Uses for Banana Fibers

“Millions of girls and women in developing countries miss up to 50 days of school/work per year because they do not have access to affordable sanitary pads.”

This spring 2 groups of Paper Science and Engineering students are working on a prototype of an absorbent pad made from dried banana fibers native to Rwanda. Students are working in connection with SHE (Sustainable Health Enterprises) to help address women’s lack of access to affordable, eco-friendly sanitary products by developing a process in which women can make their own sanitary products with the limited natural resources readily available to them.

Recycling Wood

Students in the Sustainable Materials and Technology program engage in service learning opportunities with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. Students help to de-construct homes, identifying salvageable wood and opportunities to re-purpose or use the wood. Salvaged wood (lumber, cabinetry, etc.) is utilized in new homes and furniture. Wood is a renewable, sustainable resource.