The Effectivity of Using Coconut Coir and Banana Stem (Pseudostem) as a Paper Bag
Keywords:Banana Stem, Sodium Hydroxide, Coconut coir
Nowadays, professionals are beginning to find alternative solutions to the social issue called plastic waste pollution because of the continuity of its harmful effect on biodiversity. People continue to have different diseases because of plastic's environmental harm. Researchers have studied that paper bags are way better than using plastics. Still, the typical paper process called "the pulpwood-making process" is harmful because it carries pollutants that may damage biodiversity. In this study, the researchers will focus on using waste plants of coconut coir and banana stem to develop a paper bag that is way healthier and environmentally friendly. The researchers conducted this study using an experimental method. The product was made from banana stems and waste coconut coir. The product was made with the help of a deckle which serves as the mold to form the paper. For the paper to be solid and durable, sodium hydroxide (NaOH) was used to leave the component alone, strengthening the product. The coir supports the paper to be in strength, leaving it with its rough texture. The banana stem's properties help the paper to be tucked with the product. Researchers have studied that banana stem and coconut coir fiber contain pulping properties that help to form a paper. The sodium hydroxide removes the other products that weaken the paper. For it to be more, the drying process was done with the help of sun rays, leaving it with no chemical use for it to be environmentally friendly. The whole making process of this product takes a day and a half to be finished and formed.